Search

Mother tells of dramatic river rescue

PUBLISHED: 13:03 29 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:16 03 July 2010

A GREAT Yarmouth mother lovingly hugged her six-year old son last night as she spoke of how he was lucky to be alive after the youngster fell in to the River Yare.

A GREAT Yarmouth mother lovingly hugged her six-year old son last night as she spoke of how he was lucky to be alive after the youngster fell in to the River Yare.

Nicola Steward said that she never wants any parent to go through the agony of waiting to see if their child was alive following the dramatic rescue of her son Krisna last Wednesday night.

As Krisna battled to stay afloat, his eight-year-old brother, Tyler, tried to rescue him by throwing a cable and managed to alert passersby to the emergency.

The six-year-old was safely hauled out of the water by a Yarmouth Port Company pilot boat crewed by Clive Williment and Ryan Gowing, who then passed him to the Gorleston inshore lifeboat.

His mother faced an agonising wait by the quayside as her son was bought back to land.

The drama unfolded close to where a nine-year-old girl was rescued two years ago and where Daniel Entwhistle, seven, went missing, presumed drowned in May 2003.

Although Miss Steward, a floristry student at Yarmouth College, always keeps a close eye on Krisna and Tyler and tells them to be careful near water, she is warning parents to make sure that they always know where their children are.

She said: “In just one second my whole life could have been wrecked. I would never want any mother to have to go through what I had to.

“When I saw Krisna I ran over to him and give him a big cuddle - then I told him off as I was gobsmacked that he had gone near the river.”

Miss Steward also praised Tyler for bravely trying to save his brother. She said: “Tyler told me that he no matter what he would not leave his brother.

“I think they have both learnt a lesson to stay away for the river.”

Krisna was lucky to survive falling into the river Yare at about 6.20pm as at the time the water was slack and he would not have been swept away far by the current.

As a thank you to the rescuers Krisna and Tyler will draw them pictures and their mother will buy them some chocolates.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Great Yarmouth Mercury