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Student saves a child in estuary

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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IN JULY a Hayle teenager was hailed as a hero after he rescued a young boy from the town's treacherous estuary.

Eighteen-year-old Ian Hencher was at the beach with two friends when he became aware of a father and son in trouble in the 200ft stretch of water between the sandbanks.

The pair of holidaymakers were struggling to keep their head above the water in the notorious stretch of the river, which is never patrolled by lifeguards.

Instinct kicked in and the teenager made his way over to the child, who was believed to be about ten years old.

He said: "I didn't really think; I just went into the water and grabbed him under the arms.

"His head was sinking but I got him before any damage was done."

The Cornwall College student was praised for his quick action by Phil Drew, lifeguard manager for Penwith.

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