The miraculous survival of Vincent Kelly, who fell more than 50 metres into the water during the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is a story well told. 

What has been left out in the retelling of the dramatic tale, though, is the lifesaving role his workmate George Manly Killen played — jumping in after him and keeping him afloat until the rescue boat arrived.

George Killen served in the army during WWII.(Supplied: Michael Killen)

Killen’s actions are not in the history books or the museums — most likely because he never spoke of it — not even mentioning the unusual turn…

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