Family look for daughter's mysterious rescuer

  • 09/02/2016
Family look for daughter's mysterious rescuer

The family of a five-year-old girl who almost drowned at an Auckland beach are desperate to find her rescuer and thank him for saving her life.

Caroliah Vaigafa got into trouble in the water at Mission Bay after being knocked over by waves on December 23, 2015, police say.

While her cousins ran to get help, a man ran into the water and pulled her onto the beach, but she had stopped breathing.

Detective Alex Macdonald said either that man, or another passer by, started CPR on Caroliah and resuscitated her.

She was taken to hospital but no one took down the details of her rescuer.

"Caroliah's parents would also love to find this person and want to thank them personally," Det Macdonald said.

Witnesses described the man as being of Indian descent.

Anyone who might know his identity, or who witnessed the rescue, is urged to contact police.

NZN