Bravery award for humble rescuer
AFTER rescuing two teenagers from a dangerous rip off Turners Beach when he was just 16 years old, Yamba's Nathan Rheinberger will officially be honoured today with a Commendation for Brave Conduct.
The ceremony will take place at Government House, Sydney, where Mr Rheinberger, now 20, will receive the award with his parents and girlfriend looking on.
Nathan's dad Paul Rheinberger said the family was "extremely proud of what Nathan has done" but his son was a little embarrassed about all the attention.
Nathan said he didn't think twice before paddling out to see if the two girls needed help; he just followed his instincts.
"I wasn't sure what to do, but I knew I couldn't leave one of them behind because they were both in shock," Nathan told The Daily Examiner following the event.
He pulled one girl onto his surfboard and while holding the back of his board he supported the other with his free arm until he was back in shallow water, where Nathan's friend Tim Horan helped the girls to the beach. The award was announced last August by Governor-General Quentin Bryce.