North Shore Times : December 3rd 2010
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Friday, December 3, 2010 WWW.MISH.ORG.NZ PH: 477 2007 17 ANTARES PLACE, MAIRANGI BAY MAKE THAT DECISION BEFORE XMAS VISIT MILLENNIUM NOW! | POOL | GYM | TRACK Rescuers: Jemma Western, 16, Tessa Pitney, 15, Louise Parker, 16, and Eryn Crombie, 15, were among girls who helped rescue a boy from Quarry Lake. Eryn hurt her neck jumping into the lake. Girls save victim's friend By SARAH CODDINGTON and MICHELLE ROBINSON Hurt: Eryn Crombie was taken by ambulance after hurting herself when jumping into Quarry Lake. Photos: BEN WATSON A GROUP of girls swimming at Quarry Lake when teenager Raphael Alualu went missing saved his friend from drowning. The Westlake Girls High students were taking turns jumping off the cliff near North Shore Squash Club when tragedy struck on Tuesday. Raphael's body was recovered on Wednesday by the cliff edge of the lake by police divers. The 17-year-old had been jumping from the highest point of the cliff with other students from a youth pro- gramme at the School of Business in Newmarket on a supervised outing. They jumped and about a minute after surfacing Raph- ael just disappeared,'' Eryn Crombie, 15, says. The girls say it was silent and really scary'', before Raphael's friend surfaced, gasping for air and screaming for help. His friends searched for Raphael for about half-an- hour, the girls say. His friend was just screaming someone help me' and was searching for him,'' Eryn's friend Louise Parker, 16, says. The water was so green you couldn't see your own body.'' The girls' friends Jemma Western, 16, and Tessa Pitney, 15, helped Raphael's friend float back to shore. Eryn had meanwhile jumped from the same point just moments after the boys, and injured her neck after landing on her back. Her friends, including Amie Sisson, 16, a surf life- saver, brought her to shore where she was taken by ambulance to North Shore Hospital. She is now recovering at home wearing a neck brace. Eryn doesn't know whether she or Raphael's friend would have survived if the girls weren't there to help them. She wants to warn others about the dangers of jumping from the cliff. If you're going to jump off it make sure you can swim and you're wearing the right gear. Since it's fresh water you have to be a strong swimmer and be confident and calm,'' she says. Eryn says the boys would not have known how difficult the lake is to swim in because they are from outside the area. North Shore Squash Club members say they tried for years to stop teenagers jump- ing off the cliff. Club president Pat Men- zies says the spot attracts hundreds of teenagers.
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