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Eight-year-old boy rescues schoolboy from ice-cold water

Year 1891

Read by Nicky Parkinson – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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Lines, Frank, aged eight.

On the afternoon of the 28th December, 1891, a schoolboy named James Cochran threw his ball on a frozen sheet of ice covering a pond in Brocket Park, Hatfield.

The ball rolled out about forty-five yards from the bank, and the lad, in seeking to recover it, ran over the thin ice, and became immersed in five to six feet of water. The boy, however, succeeded in keeping his head partially above water by clinging to the broken ice.

Several other lads who witnessed the accident ran off, but Frank Lines, a boy of eight years of age, gallantly effected the rescue of Cochran by crawling out on the dangerous surface and helping him out of the hole.

The ice was so extremely brittle that it gave way twice under the weight of the first boy, and in all probability, he would have lost his life had not Lines gone to his rescue.

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