RELUCTANT HERO: Nikki Williams with her three-year-old daughters Harlow, Billi and Ruby at the scene of Sunday’s rescue in Coffs Creek.
RELUCTANT HERO: Nikki Williams with her three-year-old daughters Harlow, Billi and Ruby at the scene of Sunday’s rescue in Coffs Creek. Trevor Veale

Mum praised for saving boy from drowning in creek

AS A mother of young triplet girls and a local salon owner, Nikki Williams is often described by her friends a "super mum".

But it was her rescue of a young boy in Coffs Creek that's had her branded a "hero".

Responding to the boy's cries for help as he fought to keep his head above water, Nikki dove into the creek, swam out and pulled him to safety.

The boy, who is thought to have been aged six or seven, had been swimming close to where his parents were sitting on Sunday before he got into trouble in the middle of the creek on the run-out tide.

Veronique Freeman, who witnessed the incident, said Nikki may have saved the child's life.

"Not only did she not hesitate to jump in after the boy, who was screaming for help, she didn't complain one bit about the bloodied foot she received from the oysters on the rock wall as she used her feet to stop herself and the boy from heading out to sea," Veronique said.

Reluctantly recounting the events for The Advocate, Nikki agreed to tell her story to highlight the dangers of the creek for children in full flow.

"It wasn't really as dramatic as that, I didn't think so at the time anyway," Nikki said.

"I heard the boy yelling as he was trying to swim against the current so I swam out to him.

"Even I was surprised by how strong the run-out tide was moving in the creek."

The mouth of Coffs Creek was the scene of another rescue last January, when local woman Lauren Prezioso, who was eight months pregnant at the time, was praised for saving two young boys from drowning.



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