Teens rescued after "scary" ordeal at Vavau
The work of the Police, village members and a surfer, who made up the rescue team, has been hailed for saving the lives of two teenagers at Vavau beach on the south coast of Upolu last Saturday.
The two boys were swept out by strong currents at the area.
Police Commissioner, Fuiava Egon Keil, confirmed the incident saying one of the boys required urgent medical attention.
The Commissioner said it was fortunate no life was lost.
He said Police officers were at the scene and one of the boys had to be taken to the Moto’otua hospital for treatment.
A man from Vavau who identified himself as Tominiko Palusami told the Samoa Observer the incident could have easily been deadly.
He explained that one of the two surfers paddled out on his surf board to bring back one of the men who was swept out by the strong currents.
"It was a scary experience,” said Mr. Palusami.
“But we are grateful that the Police were there, the village members were there and we had faith in the brave young fella who paddled out to the deep ocean to save that other kid.”
Mr. Palusami could not identify the men, saying it is possible that they were visitors to the beach that day.
"They must be visitors because I’ve lived here my whole life and I know I haven't seen their faces before in our village.
“I'm just thankful they're alright so people won't think Vavau is unsafe for swimming.”