Humble Corey shrugs off hero tag

School student Corey Warburton risked his own life rescuing a woman drowning in the Clarence River.
School student Corey Warburton risked his own life rescuing a woman drowning in the Clarence River. The Coffs Coast Advocate

TEEN hero Corey Warburton was on Wednesday playing down his role in saving a woman from drowning on Monday.

Corey, 14, became front page news when he leapt from Grafton Bridge to save an elderly woman lying face-down in the water beneath.

He said the dangerous jump was a split-second decision, but one he would make again.

“I would do it again if I had to. Of course I would,” Corey said.

“I've been labelled a hero, but I don't really feel like I'm a hero. I was just doing what I could for that lady.”

The South Grafton High School student had been walking across the bridge on his way to Grafton skate park when he saw clothing and a note on the walkway.

The note read simply: 'Sorry boys, the struggle has become too much'.

Realising it was a suicide letter, Corey looked into the river and saw a woman floating face-down.

“When I looked down I saw her hand move and that was it,” he said.

“Shoes off, shirt off and in the water.”

The teenager said it was a purely instinctive reaction and it wasn't until he'd jumped he realised the danger he was putting himself in.

“On the way down I did think 'I hope I don't land on anything'. I didn't want to hit the ground because I didn't know how deep the water was or if there was a log or something.”

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