Teens rescue unconscious uncle after diving mishap

ALFRED O'Connor is a typical 15-year-old boy living in the isolated Jubullum Aboriginal Community at Tabulam who recently did something extraordinary.

CARING: Alfred O’Connor helped save his uncle’s life at Tabulam with his friend, Bud.
CARING: Alfred O’Connor helped save his uncle’s life at Tabulam with his friend, Bud. Contributed

Alfred's uncle had dived into the pristine water but hit his head before floating to the top - face down.

"Alfred called, but there was no answer," the school's Aboriginal liaison officer, Rachel Moore, said. "He immediately swam out with his friend, Bud, and brought the man to the river bank."

Once out of the water, Alfred and Bud checked for signs of life and laid their uncle on his side before stopping a car and asking the driver to phone for help.

"Alfred returned to the community to tell his mum what had happened. Mother and son returned to the river, staying until the ambulance arrived.

"I'm sure Alfred's and the boys' actions saved their uncle from certain drowning.

"I know how much he cares for family; I've no doubt he'd do it again."

The uncle is in intensive care in Brisbane with possible spinal damage."

Although nominations had closed, Alfred will be recognised at tonight's Kids in Community awards in the Caring for Others category.



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