A 13-year-old boy has been praised for his ‘courage and quick thinking’ after he alerted rescuers to his Grandfather who had fallen overboard from their speedboat.
The teenager made a 999 emergency call to the Coastguard on Saturday afternoon reporting the incident on Loch Fyne and managed to hold onto his Grandfather by a rope.
A local vessel in the area responded to the Coastguard’s relay emergency and assisted the boy in recovering his Grandfather back on board their boat.
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Tarbert Coastguard Rescue Team and a rescue helicopter were tasked to the scene to transfer the man, who was conscious, to hospital to be checked over.
Dawn Petrie, from the Coastguard Coordination Centre at Belfast said: ‘We were struck by how brave and sensible this young boy behaved this afternoon.
‘He knew to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, he also managed to get a rope to his Grandfather and keep him safe until help reached them. He deserves to be commended for his courage and quick thinking.’