OUR BEACH HE­ROES

Teenage life­savers hon­oured for off-duty res­cue of two men

Geelong Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - SHANE FOWLES

TEENAGERS who saved the lives of two drown­ing men at Lorne have been hon­oured with a pres­ti­gious Pride of Aus­tralia Medal.

Amy Kenny and Han­nah Keane had never been in­volved in a real-life res­cue un­til the off-duty life­savers dragged the strug­gling tourists 60m to the safety of Lorne beach.

The girls had just re­newed their bronze medal­lion be­fore ris­ing to the chal­lenge of re­al­life emer­gency on a Jan­uary evening this year.

Now the pair, who met at Nip­pers al­most a decade ear­lier, have been hon­oured for their courage, de­ter­mi­na­tion and skill by re­ceiv­ing the Pride of Aus­tralia award.

“It’s a re­ally great hon­our to even be nom­i­nated for the award,” Han­nah said.

“To know that this has had an im­pact on peo­ple’s lives, it is a great feel­ing.”

Han­nah was in Mel­bourne yes­ter­day for the awards cer­e­mony, which was hosted by the Her­ald Sun, in part­ner­ship with Aus­tralia Post and Seven News.

Amy was un­able to at­tend, as she is in In­dia on a trip with Fir­bank Gram­mar School.

Both girls are back on the sand this sum­mer at Lorne Surf Life Sav­ing Club.

Han­nah said they would both at­tend a sil­ver medal­lion camp next week, be­fore be­gin­ning pa­trols for the sum­mer.

While she has not been in­volved in an­other res­cue since, Han­nah said the ex­pe­ri­ence had given her more as­sur­ance that she could re­spond in a sim­i­lar emer­gency.

“Be­cause I’m so young … I al­ways ex­pected to be the one watch­ing on dur­ing a res­cue,” she said. “But it kind of just hap­pened quickly.

“Now I know I’ll feel a lot more con­fi­dent on pa­trol.”

“Be­cause I’m so young … I al­ways ex­pected to be the one watch­ing on dur­ing a res­cue. But it kind of just hap­pened quickly. Now I know I’ll feel a lot more con­fi­dent on pa­trol.”

— HAN­NAH KEANE, pic­tured (in­set) with her Pride of Aus­tralia medal and with res­cue part­ner and fel­low win­ner Amy Kenny

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