Stranger dives in to save boy
WITHIN minutes of eight-year-old Angus Lambert plunging into the sea at Turners Beach at Yamba on Thursday, he was swept about 80 metres out to sea in a rip too strong for either of his parents to tackle.
His father Glenn went as far in as he dared. The farmer from Coonabarabran cannot swim, and his mother Skye was not confident enough to dive in and make sure her other son made it to shore safely.
“I didn’t know what to do. I knew Angus was in trouble but knew I’d be in trouble too if I attempted to save him,” she said.
The screams of the parents were heard by Yamba local, Justin Henwood, who’d taken his daughter Kalani to the beach for a picnic. Growing up in the surf, the Yamba YHA co-owner didn’t think twice.
“I yelled at some backpackers to come and look after Kalani and dived in off the rocks,” Mr Henwood said. “I was glad his father hadn’t jumped in because I thought I couldn’t save them both.”