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Beach rescue brings award to 2 P.E.I. teenagers

01/30/2015 07:23 EST | Updated 04/01/2015 05:59 EDT
Two P.E.I. teenagers were recognized by the Red Cross Thursday for the rescue of two young children on a North Shore beach in August.

Kennedy Crossland and Shanglee Tran are being called heroes, but they don’t see it that way.

“I think anybody would have jumped in, hopefully, to do the same thing as we did,” said Crossland.

“When people say I'm a hero, I kind of do that thing like, ‘Oh, that's not me.’”

On Aug. 11 Crossland and Tran were spending a day at a North Shore beach near Darnley. There had been a surf warning issued, so they were staying out of the water, until they heard cries from a young girl.

As they pulled the girl from the water they discovered a boy in trouble too, and rescued him as well.

“I never really thought about anything like this before,” said Tran.

“It's kind of unbelievable that I’ve achieved something like this.”

Crossland was in training to become a lifeguard at Credit Union Place in Summerside at the time of the rescue, but Tran had no swimming training at all, and she doesn’t know where she got the courage to go in the water that day.

“It just kind of happened. I would hope someone would save me,” she said.

The girls have never heard from the families they helped that day, but their own families say they can imagine how they must feel.

“If your child is in danger you just pray somebody will step in and do the right thing and keep your baby safe,” said Crossland’s mother, Michelle Askew.

“On this particular occasion Shanglee and Kennedy did just that, and we are overwhelmingly proud.”

Both girls said they would do it again in a heartbeat, but hope they don't have to. They want others to learn how to swim and pay attention to surf warnings.

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