Father thanks boy's rescuers
Mon, 11 Mar 2013 6:51a.m.
The father of a Napier boy whose life was saved by a group of brave beachgoers has thanked those responsible for pulling the child from the water.
Joshua McQuoid, 12, was caught by a wave and swept out while playing with friends at the beach on Marine Parade just before 5pm on Sunday.
Beachgoers formed a human chain to pull the stricken child from the powerful waves.
His father Shane McQuoid says Joshua is recovering physically but was still "shaken up" from the experience, which he'd told his dad was like being in a washing machine.
Mr McQuoid told Radio New Zealand he was so thankful to "each and every person" who helped pull Joshua out alive.
"I'm just so thankful for all the people that were there and the police officers, because if they hadn't have gone in our son wouldn't be here today," he said.
"It's just amazing."
An unnamed bystander told police the boys were acting recklessly, "playing chicken" with huge waves that were battering the shoreline.
"It seemed the kids were local and would know how dangerous the sea there is, but that was not stopping them," he wrote in a statement released by police.
When asked if his son was aware of the beach's dangerous undertow, Mr McQuoid said the boys had been down there hundreds of times, throwing rocks in the water, playing on the water's edge.
"Yesterday, obviously, they didn't think about (the dangers)."
Footage caught by a young bystander showed beachgoers, led by a German tourist, and police officers trying frantically to pull the boy from heavy surf but with no success.
Eventually, enough people joined in the rescue to form a 12-strong human chain that broke repeatedly and quickly reformed until Joshua was inched clear of the break.
Unresponsive and floppy, the boy came to only after members of the public gave him first aid on the beach. He was taken to hospital but was later discharged.
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15/03/2013 3:09:03 p.m.
As a person who had life guard training - and lessons from a father since a wee child how to deal with situations (such as logs in a lake, ocean currents and much more) I almost drowned once in a few feet of water off Long Island... the currents had swiftly changed, and one step into a small channel swept me away - no one was there, I finally remembered my fathers lessons and let myself go far out - then sideways then back in.
The women who thought so little of a child - who was as we all once were as children, even adults not knowing the potential for danger - to call him a "stupid prick" reflects only her thoughts of herself.
Kuddos to all who acted as one to form this old fashioned "bucket line" to rescue this dear soul.
Nature is powerful - even the best prepared can't fight her...
13/03/2013 2:00:27 p.m.
We were recently on holiday in Napier with my partner and three children. We took them down to the beach for a swim unaware that this was not a swimming beach. Luckly for us a wonderful man was walking past and told us of the dangers and quite possibly saved our children. More signs and warnings need to be placed along the beach as even the next day going for a walk we only seen two signs. This is not good enough. Thankfully for us we had someone watching over my family.
11/03/2013 3:33:10 p.m.
!!!Please Stop calling him stupid,he is a kid 12years old and the sea is Nature!! have we not learnt by now that we can not know what Nature will do???lookn at chch! this is my whanau and i am so greatfull that the human angels were there to save him! I think the negative energy spat out at from the people wanting to put a little boy down; would be to better use.. sending loving thoughts to his whanau and to your own family to teach them not to go near marine parade beach..I thank Atua/God he is still with us today and i pray NOTHING like this hits your LOVED ONes..
Peace to Joshua and UNcle and Aunt and to all the ANGELS that helped him get out..THANK YOU XOXOXOX much love and thank you to all, that send thier love ..
As for..NCC put more signs up!!!How many lives does this beach have to claim????????
11/03/2013 12:47:20 p.m.
That lady that called the boy a stupid prick, well I tend to agree with her. How many lives did he put in danger to save him when apparently he got in that situation by playing 'chicken' with the waves. Fantastic that all those people rushed to help but situations like that don't always turn out so good.
11/03/2013 12:45:08 p.m.
Good on you Natasha and Sarah, and all the best to the young fella and the others. Could have been a horrible outcome, but thankfully not. Young people eh.!, just like we all once were, sometimes not seeing the danger, get a little too adventurous, and only just escaping to tell the tale. Great seeing all those cool people and policemen rushing to help. I betcha you and your mates will never forget this adventure eh Sarah!!
11/03/2013 11:21:01 a.m.
I hate that side of the beach! it is so fricken dangerous!! I would never go swimming on that side as a child! born and raised in the bay so I know how strong that pull of the beach is! praises to all who helped!! next time that boy should go around to westshore and swim its much more calmer xx
11/03/2013 11:00:39 a.m.
Disgusting lady! How could you say such things in times like this? But those people who helped are amazing for saving another life absolutely fantastic! Good on you guys!
11/03/2013 10:57:40 a.m.
Congratulations to all the wonderful people that saved the boys life!
Awesome to see the team work especially when the human chain was formed worked.
Some very important lessons should be learnt from this. The human chain being one that very few people would think of.
Once again congratulations, from another person who has been rescued from that surf and given CPR thanks to a stranger.
11/03/2013 10:04:33 a.m.
How rude and heartless is the lady who stands there wtching him drowning and calls him a stupid little pr#ck. Bless the lady with the phone who says "at least hes still alive" The other lady should be ashamed
11/03/2013 9:46:44 a.m.
Great Job to all that helped the boy, however when viewing such footage people with smartphones need to learn to film in "LANDSCAPE" thats the format of TV's and Monitors.
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