Schoolboy saves drowning brother's life by creating a 'human chain' with friends

Schoolboy saves drowning brother's life by creating a 'human chain' with friends

Even as an adult, I sometimes wonder how I would actually react in a life-or-death situation. Would I freeze up or spring into action? While some of us may not be the most effective in these moments as adults, this schoolboy and his friends acted fast, saving a life due to their quick thinking and ingenuity.

Twins Joshua and Aaron Spaven, 13, were out for a bike ride when Aaron fell off and grazed his hands and knees on the ground. Aaron, who has learning difficulties and hates being dirty, went to wash his hands in a nearby lake, when he slipped and fell into the water. Fortunately his brother was on hand to save the day.

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Joshua tried to save him as he shouted for help, spotting their friends Sam and Bradley who happened to be walking their dogs nearby and came running to help. The three of them formed a human chain, holding on to the hood of each other's coats, while Joshua pulled Aaron from the water to dry land.

Their mother, Tracy, said she panicked when she heard what happened, but was then impressed by the rescue. "Aaron has got depletion of chromosome 16 which affects his movement," the mother said. "He has hyper-mobility and learning difficulties, so he is not able to go out on his own".

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"One part of Aaron's condition is that he doesn't like having dirt on him and when he fell off his bike, he went down to the water to wash his hands.

When Aaron fell in, Joshua rushed over to him to try and get him out but he couldn't reach him properly. He called out for help and it was just a coincidence that his friends were walking their dogs close by.

The three lads formed a human chain and Joshua, who had hold of Aaron just by his cycle helmet, was able to pull him from the water."

Once on dry land, the boys had him remove his wet jumper and gave him one of their coats to warm him up. Once he was feeling better, they contacted their mother and walked him home, where he had a hot shower and got to bed. Ms. Spaven, a community carer from Portsmouth, Hampshire, said:

"I am just so proud of all the boys and for their quick thinking, even down to getting Aaron to remove his wet clothes to stop him getting colder.

I have spoken to all their parents, but thank you just isn't enough for what they did.

Joshua was quite upset about it all, he said to me that he nearly lost his brother - but he doesn't want to talk about it now, he just doesn't want to remember it."

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Joshua later opened up to the Portsmouth News, where he explained what had happened. "Aaron's head kept on going under I said one of you grab hold of my hood and then the other one grab the other's hood and we all made a chain and managed to pull him out," he explained. "I was worried I was going to lose my brother."

Luckily that wasn't the case, and Aaron is thankful that he got out okay. "I thought I might drown," the 13-year-old said, "but I am proud of my brother and my friends for saving me."