Girls’ bravery honoured after rescue at Port Beach

Nathan Morton said he was blown away by Molly Davidson and Hannah Roberts’ bravery.
Nathan Morton said he was blown away by Molly Davidson and Hannah Roberts’ bravery.

THE tremendous bravery of two Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School students has been acknowledged after they rescued a woman and her grandson from drowning.

Molly Davidson and Hannah Roberts were presented with certificates of bravery signed by the Youth Minister Tony Simpson and Forrestfield MLA Nathan Morton last Friday at their school’s annual Matthew Gibney Day.

The girls were at Port Beach on October 1 when they noticed a woman and her grandson struggling after being caught in a rip. The girls swam to her and with the help of other beachgoers managed to drag them to shore and call for assistance.

Mr Morton said organising the certificates for the students was the least he could do to acknowledge their bravery and their cool heads in a crisis.

“While the girls have sought no fuss or fanfare about their achievements, you can’t under-estimate the impact their actions have had on the lives of this woman and her family,” Mr Morton said.

“They should be very proud of themselves and I’m sure their families are too.”

Mr Morton heard of the girls’ bravery when they visited Parliament House in October with their fellow student leaders. “I’m constantly amazed by the extraordinary achievements of people in the local community and it was a real pleasure to see the girls recognised for their efforts,” he said.