23 Oct 2013

Officers honoured for brave surf rescue

6:29 pm on 23 October 2013

Two Hawke's Bay police officers who saved the life of a boy from treacherous surf at Napier have received bravery awards.

Senior Constable Bryan Farquharson, left, Joshua McQuoid and Constable Paul Bailey.

Senior Constable Bryan Farquharson, left, Joshua McQuoid and Constable Paul Bailey. Photo: RNZ

Senior Constable Bryan Farquharson and Constable Paul Bailey were each given a Police Assocation Bravery Award on Wednesday for rescuing Joshua McQuoid.

The 12-year-old was knocked over by a large wave and sucked into the sea in March this year.

Prime Minister John Key, who presented the award at the association's annual conference, praised the officers for their incredible and selfless acts of bravery.

Both were pummelled by waves and struggled to keep afloat before finally rescuing the boy.

It was after Senior Constable Bryan Farquharson had the idea to form a human chain that the boy was pulled to safety.

Mr Farquharson said the awards ceremony was an overwhelming experience and he had not expected so much attention.

Constable Paul Bailey said he did not think twice about heading into the surf, as all he saw was a scared little boy in the water and he knew he had to get home.