Two Victorian policewomen say they did what anyone else would have done when they rescued two teenage girls who nearly drowned after being caught in a rip.
The girls were screaming and saying they didn't want to die as senior constables Kim Wheeler and Lisa McRae swam out to them at Flumes Beach in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The pair, 19-year-old Bree Paige and 18-year-old Jesse Currane, had been dragged out to sea after being caught in a rip.
They were holding on to each other and disappearing from view under the waves.
Sen Const McRae, who was a lifesaver before joining the police force, said the girls were lucky.
"When I first saw the girls I could tell that they were in trouble, they were screaming and getting tumbled around in the waves," she said.
"When Kim and I reached the girls they were screaming and saying that they didn't want to die."
As one of the girls was taken back to shore, Sen Const McRae stayed with the other one and a surfer came to their rescue as they were being swept further out to sea.
Sen Const Wheeler said the situation could have ended badly.
"We just did what anyone else would have done but I can tell you now, when I have kids they are definitely going to nippers," she said.
The rescue came on the same day policeman David Cooper rescued a 12-year-old boy who got into trouble off Lorne.
The boy's father was one of three people to drown on Victorian beaches on Saturday.