East Fremantle teenager rescues baby on holiday

Finn McIntyre.
Finn McIntyre.

RESCUING a baby is not what most teenagers do on holidays but for East Fremantle teenager Finn McIntyre that’s exactly what happened.

Finn was awarded the bronze medallion for courage youth award in the Coastal Bravery Awards presented by Surf Life Saving WA last week.

The youth member of Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club said he was on holiday in Karijini National Park in the Pilbara when he saw a man in distress.

“We were in a narrow gorge about five metres wide, one section is shallow and there is a big drop off,” he said.

“A man was walking with this young baby above his head trying to walk through the gorge.

“He slipped into the deep section and he was trying to keep the baby above his head.”

Finn said he then swam over and rescued the baby.

“I jumped in knowing that the man could swim himself to safety,” he said.

“If the baby fell into the water it would have probably suffered hypothermia or drowned.

“Once the man got to safety I just handed him the baby and we continued on with our holiday.”

Finn said the his participation in surf living saving helped him and taught him bravery.

His parents said they were hugely proud of him for jumping in and saving the baby when nobody else acted.

Finn said he will continue his participation in Surf Living Saving in the future.

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