Hero Luke Pace, 12, was playing with friends in woods near his home in Little Billing, Northants, when he heard a splash. He ran to the embankment then dived into the water to rescue neighbour Suranne Atkinson after she slipped and fell. Luke said: "I was in the woods with my friends Morgan and Billy, and my brother Michael when we saw Suranne and her friend Mia. "They were playing, running up and down near the edge. "Suddenly we heard a big splash, and looked up to see Suranne in the water." Luke saw the little girl's arms were flailing as she panicked, struggling to keep her head above the water.
A schoolboy risked his own life to jump into a fast-flowing river to rescue a six-year-old girl.
SWNS"I didn't know if she could swim so I just jumped in and pulled her head above water," he said. "I asked if she was OK, and got her to safety." Suranne's mother, Lesley Howell, praised Luke, "When I found out she was OK I just cuddled him and couldn't stop thanking him," she said.
Without Luke, my daughter would be dead.
Well done, Luke! We are full of admiration for your bravery.
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