“I’m no hero,” says man who bravely rescued drowning boy so he could harvest his organs

Jacob Turnbull says he’s mentally ill and has killed countless other children, but the boy’s family say he doesn’t need to play down his heroic actions.

Jacob Turnbull says he’s mentally ill and has killed countless other children, but the boy’s family say he doesn’t need to play down his heroic actions.

A man who rescued a drowning boy on Wednesday is humbly claiming he isn’t a hero, saying he only saved the boy to brutally harvest his organs for use in some kind of sick breeding machine.

But the boy’s parents are pushing back, saying the man is just “being modest,” and they couldn’t be more grateful for his heroism.

Jacob Turnbull, 43 of Whitianga, rescued the 12-year-old after he got caught in a rip at Mercury Bay in the Coromandel.

His parents were unaware he’d been swept out at the time when Turnbull decided to risk his own life to rescue him.

By the time he’d dragged the boy back ashore, his parents were waiting anxiously, and were “overjoyed” to have him returned.

They embraced Turnbull, and showered him with praise.

“We just couldn’t believe it,” said the boy’s mother, who asked to remain anonymous, but wanted the “whole world” to know of “what a wonderful and selfless man Jacob is.”

“If he weren’t there, God knows what would’ve happened to him.”

But confronted by media today, Turnbull says he’s no hero.

“Oh, I’m no hero,” he said. “Really, I’m not. I didn’t think the parents were around, and actually, I just wanted to harvest that boy’s organs for this machine I’m making.”

The man’s humility has only further endeared him to the parents and Whitianga locals.

“I’m actually quite sick in the head. I need help,” he added.

A celebratory barbeque is to be held in the man’s honour in Whitianga this weekend.