Australia Girl, 15, saved from drowning at Devonport Bluff, police praise bravery of two men

01:50  12 december  2017
01:50  12 december  2017 Source:   abc.net.au

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Two men are credited with saving the life of a 1. 5-year-old girl after joining the police to help her get her out of the ocean near Devonport in Tasmania. " Police are looking for witnesses to the incident and request that they contact the Devonport police station at 64784011 or the police hotline at

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Two men have been credited with saving a 15-year-old girl's life after they joined police officers in helping to pull her from the ocean near Devonport in Tasmania.

The girl and a friend, both aged 15, were seen by members of the public "in difficulty" in the water off the rocks at the Mersey Bluff, about 3.30pm on Monday, police said.

"With little regard for their own safety, two police officers and two members of the public entered the water with one man making his way out to assist the girl," Tasmania Police said in a statement.

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A father of three who was the first to reach an unconscious teenage girl in the sea off Devonport says he could not stand by and watch her drown , but feared for his own safety in the rough conditions.

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"The young girl in the water was unable to save herself but was held by the man in the water until the surf club rescue boat arrived."

The other swimmer managed to make her way to shore unassisted, police said.

Girl in critical condition

After being pulled to the safety by the rescue boat, the young girl was treated by Ambulance Tasmania and Tasmania Police members on the beach for some time, police said.

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Police and the Devonport Surf Club then deployed rescue boats and with little regard for their own safety, two police officers and two members of the public entered the water with one man making his way out to assist the girl . The other girl who was 15 -years-old

"She was then transported to the Mersey Community Hospital where she remains in a critical condition. The other young girl received minor abrasions and was treated for shock at the scene," the statement read.

"Changing weather conditions pose a risk to all water users and swimmers in Tasmanian waters," Inspector Stuart Wilkinson said.

"We urge all people to take caution when swimming in open waters and be mindful of currents, winds and to be aware of the often quickly changing conditions which may lead to tragic events such as this.

"As well as Ambulance Tasmania and Tasmania Police members, the gratitude of our community should go to the two men who bravely entered the water without hesitation and potentially saved this young girl's life."

Police are seeking any witnesses to the incident and request that they contact the Devonport Police Station on 64784011 or the police assistance line on 131444.

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