September 25th, 2016

Three brave Pershore High pupils praised for helping to rescue man and his dog

Three brave Pershore High pupils praised for helping to rescue man and his dog Three brave Pershore High pupils praised for helping to rescue man and his dog
Charlotte Whitehead, Callum Strickland and Tom Banks rescued a man and his dog from the River Severn. (s)

A BRAVE trio of youngsters from Pershore High School have rescued a man and his dog from the River Severn.

The three 15-year-olds – Charlotte Whitehead, Callum Strickland and Tom Banks – recently rescued the man, who had fallen in the river whilst trying to rescue his golden Labrador, whilst on a canoe trip from Worcester to Grimley.

Tom spotted the man was shivering and hanging onto a tree on the river bank and alerted his fellow canoeists.

The man was unable to climb up the steep bank and was holding onto his dog in waist high waters.

Thanks to the youngsters’ quick thinking, calmness, team work and them putting their emergency training into action, they were able to get both the man and his dog into the boat and took them to safety.

All three students are members of Worcester Canoe Club.

The club’s coach Malcolm Upwood said: “The man could have suffered from hypothermia if the trio had not found him.

“They knew we had to keep him calm and went into rescue mode so no one panicked.

“They put their rescue training into operation and I’m really proud of them.”

Headteacher Clive Corbett said: “They really are three special young people.

“Above all, they don’t think they did anything particularly special.

“Their modesty is typical of them and I’m very proud to be associated with them.”

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