A mother has been hailed a hero after she drowned trying to
save her son yesterday.
The dead woman, named as Lita Tarau by friends, saw her son
get into trouble at Thornton Beach near the Whakatane Golf
Course at about 5pm.
She is believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest when she
rushed into the water.
Meanwhile, at Waihi Beach, two 12-year-old cousins pulled an
Asian man out of the water.
They performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.
Senior Sergeant Rod Carpinter of Waihi Beach Police said:
"Despite the victim lunging at the boys the pair managed to
get him under control and one boy swam ashore to raise the
alarm with adult passers-by before swimming back out to
assist his cousin in bringing the man ashore."
Carpinter said he would be consulting senior police managers
about the most appropriate way the boys' actions could be
"Remembering, these boys are only 12 and are slightly built,
the victim was a lot larger than them so what they were able
to do is worthy of high praise indeed.''