Saskia Rundle Trowbridge, 16, knew she had to jump into wild swells in order to save three stranded teenage boys who were cliff jumping on Sydney’s northern beaches on Sunday.
And now, the teen lifeguard is being hailed a hero after the daring rescue at Warriewood blowhole, during which she risked her own life to get to the thrill-seeking teenagers when they became trapped in a cave.
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Joining Nat Barr and Matt Doran at Brekky Central on Monday, Saskia talked down her bravery as she described the dramatic rescue.
“I didn’t know what to expect (by jumping in), when I got over there, I was shocked — I wondered how (do) we do it (get back to the boat). It was all a bit scary,” Saskia said.
Saskia Rundle-Trowbridge, 16, appeared on Sunrise on Monday, describing her daring rescue of three teenage boys on the northern beaches on Sunday. Credit: Seven
In heart-stopping footage from the rescue, Saskia is seen attached to a floatable, which she then gives to one of the teen boys.
One of the boys suffered a head injury during their misadventure.
Describing the rescue, Saskia said: “My boat driver, Adam, and I went over — unfortunately the waves were too big and too rough, we were not able to go in and pick the boys up.”
She continued: “In the end, I had to jump with my life vest and my rescue tube, and climb the rocks while being battered against them (while in the ocean).”
The teenager said her intention to rescue the boys never wavered.
“(It was) scary, but I had the adrenaline — my thought was to get there as quickly as possible, to get them out of there.”
Saskia mentioned her New Zealand-based mother was left in shock over the rescue, but her father texted her asking about it, with the teenager adding: “(It was) a normal day.”
Saskia told ABC on Sunday that the rescue was a team effort, with other lifeguards on radio at the beach.
“My whole team, my driver, and the rest of the team on the beach with the radios, they were amazing,” she said.
“We go into this volunteer service just to do that sort of thing, keep the beach safe and keep the people safe. That’s the goal, just to keep everyone safe.”
On Sunday, The Sydney Morning Herald published a report on the rise in adult drownings, as swimmers searched for the perfect photo at the beach.
Research published by Surf Life Saving Australia found drownings increased across all ages during the school holidays, with swimmers reminded to go to patrolled beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.