Praise for boys’ valiant efforts

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FOUR Filey youngsters who raced to the aid of a stricken fisherman have been lauded with praise for their selfless actions.

Ben and Toby Welsby, Oliver Milner and James Revell rushed to the rescue of the man, who had collapsed at Filey Brigg last month.

The quartet attempted to revive the fisherman, who was near Emperors Pool, with Ben, 11, and Toby, 13 - both Filey Sea Cadets - carrying out mouth to mouth resuscitation as 13-year-old Filey School pupils Ollie and James ran for an ambulance.

Their actions sadly proved in vain as the man later died, but ambulance crews have revealed their great appreciation for their efforts.

Mike Wright, locality manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said the youngsters had shown great courage and were a credit to themselves.

He said: “I would like to pass on my personal thanks to the cadets for the assistance they gave the ambulance crew and for attempting resuscitation.

“Despite the unfortunate outcome, by their actions, they gave him every chance of survival and were a credit to the cadet organisation.

“It is often the case that bystanders do not try to help in situations like this, but wait for professional help to arrive.

“As an ambulance service, we do rely on public spirited people to help others before our arrival so that there is a better chance of survival.”

Former Filey Sea Cadet commanding officer Eddie Temple said he was overwhelmed by the boys’ actions.

He added: “The whole unit are proud of the four of them.

“They did what we always tell them to do and that is to keep going.

“They did everything right.”

John Pybus was walking on the Brigg when the drama unfolded.

He said: “I asked if I could take over to give them a rest but they said they were ok and never stopped working on the man.

“It took about 15 minutes for the ambulance to arrive and in all that time they did not stop working on the man.

“I was so impressed with how they handled the situation and everyone, like myself, was full of praise for them.”