Canberra cyclist jumps into chilly Lake Burley Griffin to rescue three-year-old boy

The hunt is on to find the quick-thinking cyclist who “didn’t even hesitate” to save a three-year-old boy who scooted straight into Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin.

Mother Ellie Carey was out walking near the National Carillon on Sunday when her son, Miles, ventured slightly ahead of the rest of the family.

“I called him to come back,” Ms Carey said.

“He’d half turned around and then scooted straight in [the lake].

But before Ms Carey could get to her son, an unknown cyclist came to the rescue.

“The man was cycling towards us with a friend so he would have seen the whole thing unfold,” Ms Carey said.

“He didn’t even hesitate. He jumped off the bike, ripped off his backpack and leapt straight in.”

Mum Ellie and dad Pat say Sunday’s events will “be a story that’s told for years to come”.(

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With Miles safely in the arms of the cyclist, it was all hands on deck to get the pair back on solid ground.

“A million people stopped to help,” Ms Carey said.

“It’s about a metre drop down into the lake, so someone helped pull Miles out and then a few of us helped the man out.

Search for the rescuer begins

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Miles was turning around on his scooter to head back towards his mum Ellie when he fell into the water near the National Carillon at Lake Burley Griffin.(

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Once Miles was back on dry ground, Ms Carey said the cyclist stayed to check if the little boy was okay.

But within minutes, Miles’s rescuer disappeared.

“He stood there for a little while and asked me a few times if Miles was okay and I think I said ‘thank you so much’ at least four times,” Ms Carey said.

“I was trying to rip everything off Miles because he was frozen, and then the cyclist just quietly left.”

With no name or details, Ms Carey is now hoping the Canberra community can help her find the heroic cyclist.

“Now that we can laugh about it, we want to say thank you – particularly Miles,” she said.

“We were so mortified for the first day or two but now we know it’ll be a story that’s told for years to come.”

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Ms Carey said Miles “kept his cool in the water – thanks to swimming lessons – and then got over it in record time to go on and play in the park for two hours”.

And, in the event the cyclist cannot be found, Miles’s father Pat Carey recorded a short chat with the three-year-old about the incident, which clearly shows his gratitude.

Pat: “So, you were on the scooter and what happened?”

Miles: “I fell in the lake.”

Pat: “Did a man come and save you?”

Miles: [Nods]

Pat: “What do you want to say to him?”

Miles: “Thank you for saving me, man.”

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NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity survives its first chilly Martian night

NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity has survived its first cold Martian night on its own. The space agency’s Perseverance rover, which landed safely in the Jezero Crater on the surface of Mars on February 18, has been carrying the helicopter Ingenuity in its belly.
On Saturday the rover dropped Ingenuity onto the surface of Mars, where it would have to survive temperatures as low as minus 90 degrees Celsius.

And under these frigid conditions the 1.8-kilograms helicopter survived its first chilly night, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced earlier today.

“We actually survived the first night. That is huge, that was one of the huge, huge achievements that we’ve been looking forward to,” Teddy Tzanetos, Ingenuity deputy operations lead, said during a live Q&A session on Monday.

“Being able to drop under our own energy, sustain ourselves, keep ourselves warm throughout the night, and then wake up and talk with Perseverance and say, ‘Yep, we’re here. We’re alive and healthy.’ The team couldn’t be happier,” Tzanetos added.

Ingenuity went through a series of movements to unfold from beneath the Perseverance rover, which looked like the metamorphosis of a butterfly, before dropping the final 4 inches to the Martian surface.

NASA does plan to fly Ingenuity, which could happen as soon as April 11. This lift-off will be the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. In a nod to the first such feat conducted on Earth, Ingenuity carries a swatch of fabric from the Wright brothers’ plane, Flyer 1.

First, the team had to find the right area or airfield, for the craft to take flight.

“We found a perfect location,” Vandi Verma, Perseverance chief engineer for robotic operations, said during a flight preview webinar on Monday.

The Indian-American further added, “It meets all the requirements of the airfield that we wanted: it’s nice and flat, and it has just the right amount of rocks — we wanted some amount of rocks so that the cameras on the helicopter can do good feature detection — but good landing spots could be identified and also the slopes were appropriate.”

NASA will have Ingenuity lift up and fly for the first time for about 30 seconds and then land. The helicopter will reach about 15 feet (4.6 meters) in the sky with this flight, Tzanetos said.

With the success of its inaugural flight, the Ingenuity mission team will fly the craft four more times within the 30 sols, or Mars days, (about 31 Earth days) anticipated for the mission. The average flight length will be about 90 seconds, according to Tzanetos.

But for now, the Ingenuity team is just thrilled that the helicopter has made it so far, surviving one of the biggest (and coldest) challenges of its mission. “Our team is over the moon,” Aung said.

Source: ANI

By Reena Bhardwaj

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