TWO years ago Rockhampton's Glenn Edwards was on the red carpet at the Oscars.
Yesterday in Melbourne, the Nine Network cameraman performed an award-winning rescue of a missing boy in fast-flowing storm water.
Mr Edwards, 31, dived into a Melbourne creek and plucked missing seven-year-old boy, Ryan Pham, to safety after what he described as "an absolute miracle".
The Vietnamese boy, who has autism and cannot swim, had been missing for 16 hours and was naked hanging onto reeds in the shallows of Kororoit Creek when Mr Edwards and Nine news reporter Rob Scott spotted him.
"It was an absolute miracle. We literally by chance found him," Mr Edwards told The Morning Bulletin last night.
"Personally, it's been the most rewarding day of my life.
"We'd actually spent two hours out the front of the place where Ryan went missing (on Sunday night).
"He's an autistic kid and he can't speak very well and can't swim but has a fascination of water.
"He'd been missing for 16 hours so it wasn't looking good.
"We went for a drive down where there was a bit of a path (near the creek) and we started to get bogged so we turned around.
"As we were doing a U-turn Rob pointed out and said 'there he is'.
"When I saw him myself I couldn't believe it.
"Rob jumped straight on the phone and called 000 and told them we found him.
"I did not know how the kid survived.
"I went down to the edge of the water and once he saw us he started to come across.
"I jumped straight in and swam across and the current of the water was really strong.
"When I got to him I couldn't touch the bottom and we were up to our necks in water literally.
"It was freezing cold. I could feel his heart beating on my chest - he was so scared.
"The current was that strong it dragged us 30 metres down the creek.
"Ten minutes later, an hour later, I don't know.
"He might have been found or he might have been washed away."
Before the dramatic rescue following heavy rainfall earlier in the day, Mr Edwards had emailed his Nine colleague, US correspondent Rob Penfold, who was preparing for yesterday's Oscars.
"I only emailed Rob before work this morning to tell him to have a good time at the Oscars," Mr Edwards said.
"I was there only two years ago on the red carpet alongside him.
"It's just incredible, anyone would have done what I did though.
"I'm usually the person behind the camera so I don't like the spotlight."
Mr Edwards, who grew up in Rockhampton and went to Frenchville State School and Emmaus College, covered the Queensland floods at Grantham last year.
Situated on an elevated 5,883 m2 allotment, this refreshing property offers modern living in the midst of tranquil country surrounds that truly must be seen to be...
This recently purchased new home is loved by the current owners however an unforeseen scenario has developed requiring them to relocate to Melbourne. The flat...
The owners circumstances have changed and now he has to SELL this amazing duplex. Relishing a central address only moments away from Shopping Centres, taverns...
This fabulous property offers two self-contained residences in one. Upstairs consists of a 3 bedroom home with lots of character and downstairs a modern 2 bedroom...
100 acres of mainly level to undulating open forest country. Stock fencing - internal paddocks. Set of timber stockyards with loading ramp & headbail open sided...
The owners have relocated north and want serious, sensible offers on their perfect property now. All offers will be considered! Space and comfort are paramount in...
Beaut big bushland block. Very private setting near the end of a quiet country road. Build your retreat here among the tall timbers high up in the cool mountain...
You will find everything that you would expect and more from this character filled family residence featuring a large outdoor entertaining area and inground...
Perfectly situated in a quiet elevated cul-de sac with natural bushland as your neighbour. This stunning executive home showcases a sophisticated style of relaxed...
This large modern dual living home must be sold. Our sellers have already purchased another home and must sell this property before or at Auction. Surrounded by...
Join the Community.
Get your local news, your way.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.