Sisters save a life

YOUNG HEROES: Sisters Holly and Sophie Saebar of Casino.
YOUNG HEROES: Sisters Holly and Sophie Saebar of Casino. Patrick Gorbunovs

TWO local girls, Holly and Sophie Saebar, deserve some thanks for saving a man's life after his car was swept into floodwater last month.

On Saturday February 23, a man, 68, drove his ute into floodwater over a causeway on Ellangowan Rd, Ellangowan and was swept downstream.

As the car began floating, the man managed to get out of the car and cling onto a tree 100m downstream.

An hour and a half later, the two young girls, driving the long way to their grandmother's house with their mother, came across the same causeway.

Holly, 10, and Sophie, 11, were looking at the flooded causeway when they heard the man's cries for help.

"We told Mum, but she thought it was a cow," Holly said.

The girls insisted that the voice was human, and when they called out to him the man replied with "Help".

The girls and their mother then back tracked on the road to find mobile phone reception.

Luckily, Sophie said, Holly knew the SES phone number off by heart, because of recent television commercials, and so the girls' mother rang both 000 and the SES for help.

Thanks to their response, the man was rescued.

The girls said they hadn't met the man yet, but they had received flowers and chocolates from him.

They said their school friends were shocked when at their Lismore Public School assembly, their school principal Martin Gill honoured the girls for their actions.

The girls said it felt "weird" and "nice" to know they saved someone's life.

Mr Gill said the commonsense the girls had used was admirable.

"We're really proud of them," he said.

"They're a credit to the school. They're hard workers and great role models to other students."



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