Neil Maher, Zartash Sarwar, Emily de Gier, and Tessa Elight at the Gungahlin Yerrabi ponds, near where Zartash was rescued from flood water. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Three people have been honoured for their roles in saving the life of teenager Zartash Sarwar, who nearly drowned in a waterway.
Emily de Gier, Tess Blight and Zartash Sarwar were walking by Yerribi Pond, in Amaroo last year when Ms Sarwar lost her footing and fell in.
Ms de Gier and Ms Blight, now both 14, tried to grab hold of her but fell in as well.
The waterway was flooded and moving quickly.
Ms de Gier and Ms Blight were able to make it to safety, but Ms Sarwar remained under water.
In a split second decision, Ms de Gier returned to the water to grab hold of her friend while Ms Blight called emergency services.
It was then Neil Maher, an off duty fireman, happened to hear their screams, and rescued both girls, bringing them to the bank.
Mr Maher and Ms de Gier were awarded the Royal Lifesaving Society's bravery cross, while Ms Blight was given their certificate of commendation.