Boys' helped save man after 150ft fall

THREE schoolboys who helped save the life of a man found under the Orwell Bridge were today hailed by their proud parents.Best friends Ashley Abbott, Jamie Baker and Reece Bromley alerted emergency services after hearing the man's cry for help as he lay stranded on mudflats alongside the river.

THREE schoolboys who helped save the life of a man found under the Orwell Bridge were today hailed by their proud parents.

Best friends Ashley Abbott, Jamie Baker and Reece Bromley alerted emergency services after hearing the man's cry for help as he lay stranded on mudflats alongside the river.

The quick-thinking trio were preparing to go fishing when they saw the 24-year-old at around 9.20am on June 1.

After establishing he was in trouble, they used their mobile phone to call for an ambulance, before guiding the rescuers to the remote location, off Gainsborough Lane, Ipswich.


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Today, as the victim recovers at home from his multiple injuries, the three Holywells High School pupils were being praised for their actions.

The police have already passed on their thanks to the boys through a letter of commendation.

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And the victim himself even managed to give them a "thumbs up" as he was taken away from the scene.

Amanda Baker, 35, whose son Jamie, 12, called for an ambulance, spoke of her pride at the actions of the three former Morland Primary School pupils.

She said: "I'm just glad they used their heads.

"Jamie said he was a bit frightened at first when he heard the man calling for help because I've always warned them to be careful about strangers, but I think he did really well."

Alan Bromley, 48, father of Reece, 12, said: "We always make sure one of them has got a mobile phone and it's paid off.

"I don't think it's quite sunk in that they've actually helped save somebody's life, but they know they've done the proper thing. They used their basic common sense, which we try to get through to them and this time it's worked. We're very proud."

Lesley Hughes, 31, mother of 11-year-old Ashley, added: "They were in the right place at the right time. It's a good job they were there because they helped save that man's life because the tide was coming in rapidly."

After alerting the emergency services to the man's plight, the three Ipswich youngsters stayed to watch as the man was airlifted to hospital.

As he was taken away on a stretcher, the victim managed to muster the strength to give the boys a thumbs up.

Jamie, of Cotman Road, Ipswich, said: "He just said thank you for calling the ambulance and stuck his thumb up at us. That was quite nice."

The man also told Jamie, along with Ashley, of Boyton Road, and Reece, of Morland Road, that he had been assaulted and left there overnight.

However, it is now thought the man could have fallen around 150feet from the top of the bridge.

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