A ten year old boy is lucky to be alive following his swimming joint in the Waikato River earlier this week.

14 year old Gilbert Panapa and his 13 year old friend Logan Baker were walking the river bank when they heard a call from another boy to help his friend struggling in the Waikato river.

The teenage friends entered the river and helped the younger boy to safety in the shallower waters.

Waimarie tetahi tama tane tekau tau tona pakeke kei te ora tonu a ia no muri mai i tana kaukau i te awa o Waikato i te takiwa o Taupo no tenei wiki tonu. E hipa atu ana a Gilbert Panapa tekau ma wha tau tona pakeke raua ko tana hoa hikoi ko Logan Baker tekau ma toru ona tau pakeke i te taha o Waikato katahi ka rongo raua i tetahi reo e karanga awhina ana kia whakaora i tana hoa. Tae atu rawa nga tokorua ki te wahi tika ka kuhu i te awa o Waikato kia toia te tama tane ki te wahi wai papaku e ora tonu ana taua ika ati.