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Man rescued by eight-year-old boys

Published 12/01/2010 | 07:53

Two eight-year-old boys rescued a man struggling in the ocean off Australia's east coast
Two eight-year-old boys rescued a man struggling in the ocean off Australia's east coast
Two eight-year-old boys rescued a man struggling in the ocean off Australia's east coast

Two eight-year-old boys in a young lifeguards training programme have rescued a man who was struggling in the ocean off Australia's east coast.

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Jake Satherley said he and friend Spencer Jeams saw a middle-aged man in trouble on Sunday off Northcliffe beach in Queensland state.

"We saw him put his hand up and saying, 'help, help,' so we went over to him and pulled him on our board," he told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio.

The boys are part of the under-14 lifeguard training programme at Northcliffe Life Saving Club.

Club president David Shields said he had never seen a rescue like it.

"They really did perform well above their years," he told ABC. "We're just so proud of them and the way they acted instinctively."

Nearly 50,000 Australian children ages five to 13 are enrolled in junior life saving programmes, according to Surf Life Saving Australia.

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