Rodney Times : February 13th 2014
stuff .co.nz Thursday, February 13, 2014 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER aucklandnz.com/lantern 13-16 FEBRUARY 2014 ALBERT PARK • QUEENS WHARF TODAY Sweet home Lynyrd Skynyrd rock Matakana – P2 Cop this Police enforce school speed limits – P3 Bravery recognised: Heroic Woodhouse brothers Owen, left, and Laurence, right, with the awards for their surf rescue actions. With them are award nominator Constable Steve Nicoll and their parents Dave Woodhouse and Sophie Hayman, all of Muriwai Beach. Tribute to heroic bros TWO brothers who braved rough seas to rescue a couple of students have this week been officially recognised for their heroics. Owen and Laurence Wood- house had both just finished surfing at Muriwai Beach when they heard that a boy and a girl on a school trip had been caught by a wave and taken about 50 to 100 metres offshore. Both reacted instantly. Owen was first in, with Laurence right behind when he realised something had gone wrong. With help from a woman surfer they got the two in trouble on to the boards and back to the beach, even though the boy was unconscious. Muriwai lifeguards and others tried to resuscitate the boy who was taken to hospital by the Westpac rescue helicopter but tragically died two days later. The girl was OK. For their actions Owen, 25, and Laurence, 27, received a bronze medal and certificate of merit respectively at a Rodney Local Board ceremony in Orewa on Monday. The awards are provided by the Royal Humane Society of New Zealand, the citation coming from Constable Steve Nicoll who was called to the incident from the Kumeu police station. Mr Nicoll says he wanted to see the brothers recognised for the ‘‘extreme bravery’’ shown on the day. ‘‘I’m a local at the beach, surf, and know just how tough it can be out there,’’ he says. ‘‘Despite being exhausted from surfing they showed no hesitation in going back out to rescue the two people. In my eyes they’re heroes.’’ Without their intervention the outcome could have been even worse, and the boy who later died got a fighting chance, he says. Owen had been training to build up his stamina in the 1.2-metre-plus waves and, although tired, says he just reacted when told the two students were in trouble. ‘‘There was a big lull between sets when we went out,’’ Laurence says. The woman surfer who also helped received a certificate of merit but wanted to remain anonymous, so did not attend the presentation. While the rescue was four years ago – on March 26, 2010 – the awards couldn’t be presented earlier because Owen and Laurence were overseas for some years at different times and many awards were being given in relation to the Canterbury earthquakes. The family, particularly DREAM IT BUILD IT Enjoy the luxury of living by the sea, these home and land packages available NOW! REGISTERED MASTER BUILDER 0800 600 620 | www.thehouseco.co.nz | Show Homes Open Daily 10am - 4pm. 8 Laura Jane Drive, Millwater, Silverdale & Corner SH1 & Woodcocks Rd, Warkworth. parents Dave Woodhouse and Sophie Hayman, has been living at Muriwai Beach for seven years after moving from Birkenhead. Owen is a structural engineer specialising in earthquake work and spent some years in Italy on further studies. He is now based in Pt Chevalier, working on the Waterview motorway project. Laurence is a baker in London and returned here in December for a short visit. Others who congratulated the brothers included Rodney councillor Penny Webster and Rodney Local Board chairwoman Brenda Steele. Dance dream Nea Brink achieves her dream – P6 Diamond day Character couple celebrates 60 years – P7 ONLINE Go to rodneytimes.co.nz and click on Latest Edition for more. Check out the classic car show gallery.
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