Hero estate agent saves woman from drowning

Marget Kinnucane and Austin Mellor

A 25-year old estate agent has been hailed a hero after his quick reactions saved the life of a woman who was drowning off the coast of Benllech in Anglesey.

Austin Mellor, the youngest member of Edward Mellor estate agency and auctioneers, sprang into action when he saw Manchester-based Marget Kinnucane, who was enjoying a holiday in Anglesey with her friend Tina Powsey and her husband, in trouble when swimming in the sea.

Austin was visiting his mum who lives in Benllech for her birthday. They were enjoying an early morning stroll across the coastline last Saturday when he spotted two women in need of urgent help.

Tina Powsey detailed her account of the scary events that unfolded on the beach in a post on Facebook.

Her post read: “By the grace of God, we’re alive. We both very much nearly lost our lives today on Benllech Beach in the sea… here’s an account of what happened”.

“Mags and I wanted to go out for a little invigorating swim but neither of us realised how rapidly the tide and current moved us out and across. Before we knew it, our laughter turned to terror and we couldn’t touch the ground.

“I saw a young man [Austin Mellor] across the road watching us and I motioned for him to help. He didn’t hesitate to climb across the rocks to help. My friend couldn’t regain her footing and was going under quickly.”

“I managed to roll on my back and float and then began doing a backstroke. I panicked and then a massive peace washed over me for just enough time to control my erratic breathing and get to a point where I could stand. It was absolutely horrifying.

“I asked the young man if he could get my friend and he said yes, he was a strong swimmer.

Marget Kinnucane (left), Austin Mellor and Tina Powsey

“Thank God he was there – he literally saved her life.

“I couldn’t make it back out to her but he did. Two other young men quickly followed and they helped pull my friend to refuge on the rocks.

“I can’t get any of this out of my head and tears are falling as I write, but I’ve already read two crazy accounts of what happened and I just wanted to share the reality. The Coast Guard and ambulances/paramedics were amazing and we’ll never again take our sea for granted.

“Nightmares will follow, but we’re both alive by the grace of God and some brave young men who were there when we needed them!”

A spokesperson for Edward Mellor said that everyone at the company, especially CEO and dad, Colin Mellor, “is incredibly proud of Austin”.

The spokesperson continued: “He demonstrated immense bravery, strength, and human compassion by risking his own life to save another without a second thought.

Well done Austin, you’re our hero!”

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5 Comments

  1. AlwaysAnAgent

    This guy deserves a medal. It must take an incredible amount of courage and balls of steel to save someone like this. No wonder his dad is gushing with pride.

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  2. smile please

    Well done that man!

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  3. APE

    A brave and decent man!

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  4. PossessionFriendUK39

    I heard Shelter are rushing out to by a Congratulations card for him, –  perhaps not.

    It would not do for them to see any positives in the PRS

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  5. OverratedAgent

    Good lad

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