Published on March 26, 2019

For the boys though, they felt they did what anyone else would do, and what they hope anyone else would do for them if they were in a similar situation.
“We calculated the risk to the girls in the water before we calculated the risk we were in,” says Nikolai Crawford. “We had a moral obligation. I don’t think what we did was that special – we were just the first to get there.”


“We feel pride, relief and numbness,’ says HVGS rowing captain Arthur Bowman. “We’re a close community and this has affected everyone.”

The storm wreacked havoc bringing down power lines,  knocking over trees, and ripping the roof right off the Manning River Rowing Club complex. 

“Nineteen of our thirty-seven boats were damaged,” says Tom Herborn. “We’re just so thankful that everyone was okay.”