Nathan (left) and Ezra Goddard with their rescuer, Keiran Riches, at Jetty Beach.
Nathan (left) and Ezra Goddard with their rescuer, Keiran Riches, at Jetty Beach. Rob Wright

'Amazing' nipper saves teens

JETTY Beach is normally a safe and tranquil place to surf but teenagers Nathan and Ezra Goddard know differently.

The Maitland brothers were caught in a fierce rip in a rough swell at the southern end of the beach on Monday and were in deep trouble.

Enter our young hero Keiran Riches, a Coffs Harbour Surf Club nipper who splashed into action and saved the day.

He was lapping up the big surf when he noticed the boys being dragged out.

“The big waves dumped them off their boards which washed near the rocks and they were out there alone,” said Keiran, 12.

“I paddled over and asked them if they were okay. They said ‘no, we need some help’.

“I asked which one was the most tired and that was the older one. I put him on my bodyboard and the other one was hanging on behind.”

Once Keiran managed to get them out of the rip he brought them toward the shore and his grandparents grabbed the brothers’ boards so they could come in safely.

It was a mighty effort from Keiran, considering he won’t undertake formal surf training until next summer. Only two weeks ago he was board training at the other end of Jetty Beach when he rescued a four-year-old boy from a rip.

He’s also an excellent competitor, having just returned from a surf carnival at South West Rocks with two gold and a bronze medal.

Nathan and Ezra’s grateful mum, Alexis, said she wasn’t familiar with rips and her sons had had no beach safety training.

“You can’t put a price on what Keiran has done. He’s only a little fella but he pulled these two bigger boys out,” she said.

“He’s an amazing little boy.”



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