One morning Winnie was snoozing in the sun on the banks of the Inglis River. Opposite the fish and chips shop. Winnie called Wynyard home and he was very well looked after by everybody in this community.
All of a sudden Winnie woke up from a familiar voice, coming from the scrubs behind him. It was Emily. One of his good friends. Emily had recently joined the Girl Guides and had already done lots of good turns for the community, with her fellow Guides. Winnie noticed that all the girls were wearing bright yellow rubber gloves. And Winnie saw them picking up all kind of rubbish. Which they dropped into big brown Hessian bags.
Winnie wanted to help the Girl Guides and came up with a brilliant idea.
He dived under water and picked up an old white plastic shopping bag with his old rotten teeth. Then swam to shore and dropped the bag on the bank of the river.
He dived under again and again to pick up all kind of rubbish. Everybody thought Winnie was doing an excellent job.
A man who worked for the council noticed what was happening and arranged two divers to lift out the big rubbish from the bottom of the Inglis River.
Out came a shopping trolley, out came a black tire, and out came an old wooden dinghy.
The whole community seems to be getting involved in Clean up Australia Day.
Winnie became very exited, when he saw more and even more rubbish disappear of the bottom.
Winnie swooshed and swept his tail in the air.
Waved his fins, scratched his nose and twirled around to
Show of his belly.
But because Winnie was so exited, he wasn’t very careful in looking were he swam…
Because the divers had lifted some big things out of the harbor, a rope, which had laid on the bottom of the river, had come loose and started to drift slowly towards the see.
Winnie became tangled and even more tangled when he tried to fight the rope.
Slowly he sank to the bottom of the Inglis River.
The two divers were still busy and never noticed what was happening.
But the Girl Guides who were watching Winnie’s performance noticed that something was terribly wrong.
Trudy who was a good Guide and also an excellent lifesaver, took off her shoes and dived into the icy cold water.
Winnie knew when he saw the girl that she was there to rescue him.
He didn’t swoosh his tail.
He didn’t sweep his tail.
He didn’t show off his old rotten teeth.
And he didn’t twirl around.
Winnie lay very still to make it easier for the girl to free him from the rope that was now scratching and cutting into his belly.
One, two, three times.
Trudy had to go up to gasp for air. And in the meantime a whole crowd had gathered around the edge of the harbor to watch this girl rescuing Winnie.
It looked like she knew what she was doing. Then Trudy came up again for her fourth breath of air and behind her appeared Winnie.
Waving his fins.
Winnie and Trudy were both safe. Everybody clapped, cheered, waved and smiled for Trudy and Winnie.
A news reporter arrived and wanted a photo of Trudy and Winnie together. But Trudy was shivering. She had been scared but also very brave. First they had to get Trudy some dry clothes.
The next day a photo of Winnie and Trudy appeared on the front page of their local newspaper. With big headlines saying; , Local Girl Guide
Trudy saves Winnie
On Clean up Australia Day.
Trudy also received a bravery award. She also asked everybody not to litter on the streets and throw plastic bags, ropes, fishing lines and other rubbish in the river.
From that day on Wynyard has been a very tidy town and Winnie, he makes more friends everyday and still calls Wynyard home.