Boys hailed as heroes for saving drowning woman

Heroic youngsters, from left, Aleks Czernecki (12), Kian McGee (11), and TJ Anderson (12). Picture: Gretg Macvean

Heroic youngsters, from left, Aleks Czernecki (12), Kian McGee (11), and TJ Anderson (12). Picture: Gretg Macvean

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FIVE schoolboys have been hailed as heroes after they saved the life of a woman on the verge of drowning in the Firth of Forth.

The children, who are all pupils at St Augustine’s High School, were enjoying a stroll at Gypsy Brae on Sunday afternoon when they noticed a woman emerge from the woods and make her way towards the water.

I can’t put into words how proud I am of Kian – he is so chuffed with himself”

ANGELA McGEE

Andrew Bell, 11, TJ Anderson, 12, Aleks Czernecki, 12, Kian McGee, 11, and Wacka Ceesay, 11, watched with concern – knowing the water would be cold at this time of the year.

As the woman entered the water and began to swim out towards Fife, they noticed she was starting to become submerged under the waves so they raised the alarm.

TJ, from Pennywell Road, knew immediately something was wrong. He said: “We were just mucking about at Gypsy Brae and the woman came out of the woods, took some of her clothes off and went into the water.

“It wasn’t long before we realised she was going too far out and we tried to shout to tell her to stop.

“We knew we had to phone the police so we asked an adult who was nearby to call them.

“When they arrived we showed them where she had gone in.”

He added: “It feels really good to have saved someone’s life.”

Five police cars, three fire engines, two ambulances and one coastguard car attended the scene at around 4.30pm on Sunday. The woman was rescued and taken to hospital for treatment.

Police Scotland confirmed yesterday she is currently recovering from her ordeal. The boys’ parents expressed how “proud” they were of their quick-thinking sons, and how they were pleased the police rewarded them with a tour of Drylaw Police Station.

Lorraine Brogan, TJ’s mum, said: “I’m so proud of all the boys and how sensible they all were to know that the situation was dangerous.

“To see these actions from 11 and 12-year-olds is amazing.”

Angela McGee, Kian’s mum, said: “I can’t put into words how proud I am of Kian – he is so chuffed with himself.

“When he phoned me to say he had just saved someone’s life I couldn’t believe it – it’s amazing.”

Caroline Bell, Andrew’s mum, added: “I phoned Andrew to tell him he was getting a Domino’s for dinner as a treat. I was in shock when he told me he was in the back of a police car.

“But when he told me what had happened, I was so proud of him.”

Police Scotland said the boys were “very helpful” to them and felt they had to offer a reward with the police station tour.

Sergeant John Brock said: “This incident could have quite easily had a tragic ending.

“Due to the swift and conscientious actions of these young men, a woman’s life was saved.

“Police Scotland commends them for their bravery and quick-thinking.

“Thank you to these five boys for demonstrating outstanding community spirit.”

courtney.cameron@edinburghnews.com