Hero angler’s daring rescue to save friend

Hero Cameron Shaw, aged 15,of doncaster, with his proud mum Kelly Shaw.
Hero Cameron Shaw, aged 15,of doncaster, with his proud mum Kelly Shaw.

A 15-year-old boy has been hailed a hero after saving his friend from drowning when disaster struck on a fishing trip.

Paramedics have credited fearless Cameron Shaw with saving his 16-year-old friend’s life after the lad lost his footing and the pair both fell into the River Don.

Quick-thinking Hall Cross pupil Cameron, of St James Street, managed to dive under the water and drag his friend to safety before administering CPR.

Cameron’s proud mum Kelly Shaw said: “I couldn’t believe it at first - I was telling Cameron off thinking he’d been messing about, but then the paramedics came over and said if it wasn’t for Cameron his friend might not have made it.

“I was so proud of him and couldn’t believe that he’d risked his own life to help. It’s unbelievable really that he was so brave.

“Cameron doesn’t think it’s a big deal that he did it, but I just want people to know how brave he was.”

The 16-year-old friend, who cannot be named, is currently in hospital and Mrs Shaw said doctors are monitoring him.

Mrs Shaw, whose husband Alex, 47, died suddenly of a heart attack just five months ago at home said: “We were all such a close family and are so proud and amazed by Cameron.

“I know that Cameron’s dad would have been so proud of him for what he’s done.”

The incident happened as the pair were enjoying their first fishing trip at the river near Doncaster College.

Realising his friend was not a strong swimmer and was struggling to stay afloat, Cameron swam over to help when the pair fell in.

Mrs Shaw said her son had to dive under the water to grab his friend and pull him to the riverbank.

She added: “Cameron told me he was blue and not breathing so he gave him CPR, and then he started spitting the water out he’d swallowed.

“Cameron then had to jump back in and swim to the other side to get his phone so he could ring 999.

“Cameron was quite shook up about it all. He learned first aid skills at youth club and I’m so impressed he was able to use them when it counted.”

A spokesman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service confirmed paramedics were called to the incident in Chappell Drive around 5.35pm on Sunday.

A rapid response vehicle and ambulance attended and the 16-year-old was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.