Adorable moment girl thanks boys who saved her mum and baby sister from canal

Seven heroic schoolboys rescued a mum and baby from a canal after swans chased them into the water.

The lads, aged 10 to 15, sprang into action after hearing the cries of the baby’s big sister Reya Wang, four.

Mum Lifei and baby Eva, five months, had plunged into the water at Spike Island in Widnes, Cheshire.

Lifei told how the pram carrying Eva rolled into the canal after the family were chased by a group of swans.

She jumped in after it and, although she can swim, Lifei was weighed down by her clothes and began to struggle.

Luckily Tyler Moses, 15, Jacob Potter, 10, Ellis Hulme, 12, McAuley Maguire, 11, and 14-year-olds Joe Draycott, Campbell Law, and Ethan Melvin were nearby.


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Joe said: “We were all just playing football, the girl ran up crying and everything just clicked into place. It was like we knew exactly what to do.” Ethan heaved the baby from the water and, seeing she was spluttering, performed the CPR he had learnt at school.

The boys also called 999 and paramedics took over when they arrived.

Chief inspector Catherine Pritchard presented the boys with a bravery award at Widnes Police Station along with gifts from the grateful family.



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She told them: “You were just fabulous on the night. Thank you for making Widnes a safer place.”

Ethan’s mum Susan said: “They’re a nice group of friends.

“They’ve never come across anything like this before. It shook them up but it’s better than if no one else was there.”

Danielle Scott, principal of the school some of the boys attend, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College, said: “Their quick thinking helped to prevent a potential tragedy.”

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