A teenage angler from Doncaster is to receive a top national bravery award for saving the life of a friend after he fell into the River Don near The Hub college campus.
The riverside drama last June has led to Cameron Shaw, of Brodsworth House, St James Street, being awarded a Royal Humane Society Testimonial on Parchment and one of the society’s resuscitation certificates.
In addition to the awards he was praised by Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, who said: “There is no doubt that but for his swift action the other angler would have died. He richly deserves the award he is to receive.”
Cameron, 15 at the time, was fishing when Ashley White, also 15, of St James Street, slipped down the river bank and reached out for help, pulling Cameron down with him.
Ashley ended up under the surface but Cameron found him under the water and managed to pull him to the opposite bank.
Mr Wilson said: “Once he got Ashley out he realised his lips were blue and he was not breathing. Fortunately Cameron had been taught how to administer CPR at a local youth club and immediately began administering it.
“As he did so he shouted for help but, as none was forthcoming, he swam back across the river to retrieve his mobile phone and call the emergency services. He then made his way back to Ashley where he continued with CPR until an ambulance arrived.
“Ashley was detained in hospital for some days after the incident and as a result of it developed pneumonia.”