In true Ned Kelly style, three boys have been hailed as heroes for saving a man from drowning at Tumbarumba pool.
The man owes his life to the sharp eyes of Wagga Christian College boy Aaron Tuilau, who spotted him lying at the bottom of the pool.
The then 11-year-old called out to his "good mate" Edward Smith, and together the two of them managed to pull him to the surface.
"I grabbed his head, Aaron grabbed his legs, and we brang him to the top. His head was flopping everywhere," Edward said.
Edward's older brother Arthur saw the commotion and helped the two younger boys haul the man out of the pool.
By this point he had been underwater for a full minute, but after some CPR he managed to splutter back to life.
"There was froth going everywhere, it was going all over me arm," Arthur said.
"He spewed all over me. It was gross, ay?"
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Arthur said saving a man's life "wasn't really a big thing", and that they promptly forgot about the whole incident.
The boys were given a bag of lollies and an ice cream at the swimming pool canteen for their life-saving efforts.
Aaron visited the man at Wagga Base Hospital with his mum Lottie Tuilau, who said she was "very, very proud" of her boy.
"He was still traumatised by the whole thing, he never mentioned anything about it even a week after the incident," Mrs Tuilau said.
"The very next day we went to visit him. He was up all night thinking about the person, concerned about whether the person was alive."
The man was a fruit picker who had come to use the showers, but ended up falling into the pool.
He was unable to swim, and would have almost certainly drowned had it not been for the quick-thinking of the three boys.
They were named the 2021 young citizens of the year award at the Tumbarumba Australia Day celebrations for their heroism.