QUICK thinking by some Hamilton high school girls helped save a woman who fell off her mobility scooter into the Waikato River.
Police said the woman fell around 20 metres from a walkway into the river.
The students from Sacred Heart Girls’ College had been returning from a PE lesson at a nearby park, when they saw the woman “careening” down a path, over the embankment and into the river.
”The girls were coming back from class and saw the woman and ran after her,” school principal Chris Allen told Fairfax NZ.
”They saw her go over the bank and into the river. Then they saw the mobility scooter pop up and then the lady, and so they held her up while others rang the ambulance and directed the emergency services to the right location.”
The girls were aged 15 and 16.
”The teacher was saying she was very impressed with the girls, that they kept calm and did all the things they needed to do without being asked or told. They didn’t panic and just got on with things.”
One of the girls told her they had simply done what they needed to.
”I am the proudest principal in the Waikato today. I am just so impressed with what they did. I am so, so proud.”
One of the girls, 15-year-old Jess Peden, did not even tell her parents what had happened.
”Jess is quite a shy girl and I only found out when the principal rang me,” her father Craig said.
”I am just blown away by what she did, what they all did.
”I am just rapt. I don’t know what word to describe what I am feeling. I am over the moon.”
The woman was taken to hospital, and police said the girls’ efforts would be recognised somehow.