THE label hero doesn’t sit comfortably with Jye Fisher.
But, to many Jye is indeed a hero following his brave attempt to save Newcastle father of six Stephen Dick last week.
Now all the 28-year-old can think about is Mr Dick’s young children and that they will now grow up without a dad.
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“Their whole life is going to be messed up because of what happened,” Jye said as his eyes welled up with tears.
Despite Jye’s rescue attempt, father of six Stephen Dick died helping his son to safety at Boomerang Beach. Wife Marianne Bonnay said: “family was everything to him”. (He) always told me that ‘I would give my life for my family’,’’ she said.“He ultimately did give his life for his family.” Photo courtesy of the Seven Network.
“I do not class myself as a hero; I just wish I could have got there quicker and I could have done something more,” he said.
He described his selfless act as “nothing”.
“I would risk my life any time to save someone.”
Sadly 53-year-old Mr Dick died after being dragged onto the beach at Boomerang and there are reports he may have had a heart attack.
Mr Dick had been at the unpatrolled beach with his children, when one of his young sons got into difficulties.
Without faltering, Mr Dick dived into the water and saved his son, but then got caught in the strong rip and pounding surf and could not help himself.
A carpenter, Jye was working close by when he heard Mr Dick’s cries for help and screams from on-lookers.
Without hesitation he grabbed a board and paddled out to Mr Dick, who was approximately 50 metres off the shore.
“I flicked him over and his eyes were open and I knew it would be hard to revive him.”
Jye managed to get Mr Dick part-way onto the board and paddled to the beach where he received CPR until surf lifesavers arrived.
Jye’s fears about Mr Dick’s chances of survival were realised as large amounts of seawater came out of his mouth.
Feeling the effects of the tragic turn of events, Jye left the scene only to be sought out by Mr Dick’s family.
“I went away and one of the kids came up to me and hugged me and thanked me.
“I just broke down.”
This courageous young man is now happy to settle back into ‘normality’ and go about his everyday business.
Jye said he had been completely overwhelmed by the experience, and had been grateful for the tremendous amount of support and messages from both strangers, his family and friends.
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