Lock-keeper rescues teenage canoeist

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A TEMPORARY lock keeper helped rescue a teenage boy who got trapped underwater while canoeing with his father.

Sebastian Cook was manning Radcot Lock near Faringdon on May 29 when the boy ventured too close to a weir and got caught in a small whirlpool.

When the eddy tipped his canoe over, he became trapped underwater.

Mr Cook heard the boy’s father shouting for help and rushed to the scene with a bystander.

They threw the struggling pair a life ring as the father got in the water and hauled his son, now unconscious and blue in the face, out of the water.

The bystander, who turned out to be a doctor, made sure the boy was breathing before an ambulance took him to hospital

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7:28pm Thu 5 Jun 14

John Lamb says...

You ll deserve medals guys, well done.
You ll deserve medals guys, well done. John Lamb
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8:37pm Thu 5 Jun 14

John Lamb says...

*all
*all John Lamb
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12:57pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Adrian1 says...

That's one of those no longer required lock keepers of the false economy is it? you do indeed deserve medals and the locks deserve lock keepers.
That's one of those no longer required lock keepers of the false economy is it? you do indeed deserve medals and the locks deserve lock keepers. Adrian1
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8:00pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Kayakmatt says...

This story misses some really key information. It was my support crew that heard the fathers scream for help. A friend and I were kayaking the Thames for Against Breast Cancer and hence the so called bystander was present. It is true the lock keeper was involved once we notified him but it's my support crew who are the real heroes here..... I totally support lock keepers they do a great job but in this occasion one person would not have saved this boy it. Was a real joint effort and I feel the bystanders deserve a lot of credit as without them this would have had a totally different ending.
This story misses some really key information. It was my support crew that heard the fathers scream for help. A friend and I were kayaking the Thames for Against Breast Cancer and hence the so called bystander was present. It is true the lock keeper was involved once we notified him but it's my support crew who are the real heroes here..... I totally support lock keepers they do a great job but in this occasion one person would not have saved this boy it. Was a real joint effort and I feel the bystanders deserve a lot of credit as without them this would have had a totally different ending. Kayakmatt
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