[06 OCT 00]
WARWICKSHIRE CONSTABULARY NEWS
Teenagers Commended For Rescue
teenagers from Rugby are to be personally thanked by
Warwickshire’s chief constable for saving an eight-year-old boy
Burbeck will give each of the lads a certificate of commendation
at their school assemblies next week.
are being praised for their quick-thinking that saved the young
boy’s life after a game led to an accident on 14 July.
youngster was playing with a fiend by Brownsover reservoir when he
fell over the wall and plunged into the chilly water.
to swim he was forced to cling onto reeds in the water to stay
four teenagers spotted him about 45 minutes later and launched
their rescue effort, with each of them playing a part.
Scott went to get help on foot, and then went to the road to point
the emergency services in the right direction.
twin brother Craig tested the mud at the water’s edge for
firmness with a stick, and then went and threw a coat to the boy
to help him keep warm.
Davies cycled along the canal path on his bike to Clifton-on-Dunsmore
to raise the alarm, while Carl Lewkowicz waded into the water and,
using low branches, got to the young boy and helped him along a
reed bed until the arrival of the fire service.
they were waiting for help to arrive, the boys called out to the
youngster to reassure him and keep him awake.
he was plucked from the water he was airlifted to Birmingham
Children’s Hospital and has since made a full recovery.
Mr Burbeck’s personally-written commendation he said:
was very good luck that you all came across the boy and indeed
spotted him lying in the water.
you not taken the actions you did it is likely that he would
died either by drowning or hypothermia.”
will award the certificates to the Scott twins at their assembly
at Ashlawn School next Wednesday, while Carl and Jason will get
theirs the following day at Avon Valley School.