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Brotherly love award for sister's saviour at sea

By MARC GREENHILL, The Press, 12 June 2009

A Christchurch boy who saved his young sister after a boating accident says he felt more fearful than heroic as his family's yacht sank.

"I didn't want to leave anyone behind," said Jackson Guy, 12.

Jackson yesterday received a Junior Neighbourhood Support award for rescuing his sister Emily, 10.

The South New Brighton School pupil and his family were in a trimaran that sank instantly after a collision with a launch in the Marlborough Sounds on April 14.

Jackson kept calm in the water, despite receiving a blow to his head in the accident.

"I heard Mum screaming `where's Emily?' I saw her hand, so I pulled her up."

Nearby boats took the family back to shore.

Emily was certain Jackson had saved her life.

"I was really scared because Dad started yelling and the next thing I knew I was under water.

"If (Jackson) wasn't there, I think I would be dead now."

Jackson, who has been sailing since the accident, believed lifejackets had ensured his family's survival.

"It's not going to put me off because I like going out on the water," he said.

The children's mother, Dagmar Guy, said she was "extremely proud" of their actions. "They were so strong, it would have been very hard for them."

They had been taught water safety from a young age, she said.


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