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13 Year old boy pulls man 40 Yards to safety

Year 1839

Read by Jack Gurney – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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August 21, 1839

On the 21st of August 1839, Michael Wardell, whilst bathing in the sea at Bridlington, was seized with cramp, and had already disappeared, when Henry Brambles, only thirteen years of age, leaped from the south pier into the water, seized him by his hair, after swimming forty yards to his relief, and brought him into shallow water!

He was in a state of insensibility when the child reached him, and the distance during which he supported the man was upwards of fifty yards.

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