Humble Corey shrugs off hero tag
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.”