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Eighteen year old woman successfully saves two lives

Year 1845

Read by Sukh Randhawa – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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April 10, 1845

On the 10th of April 1845, Jane Pool, a slight-made little girl of eighteen, the daughter of a small farmer of Bridekirk, near Annan, in Dumfriesshire, was walking on the bank of the river Annan. This river is deep, rapid, and rocky, and at the place where the undermentioned circumstances occurred, about sixty yards across.

On the further side there is a stone causeway separating the river from a mill-race of considerable depth. Mrs. Cooke, the wife of the Rev. H. B. Cooke, the episcopal minister of Annan, was walking on this causeway, and fell into the mill race, from the slippery state of the stones. She sunk twice, and would have been drowned, had not Jane Pool, at the risk of her life, after two ineffectual attempts, crossed this rapid river, though considerably out of her depth, having been swollen by recent rains, reached the causeway, and pulled Mrs. Cooke, who was clinging to a projecting stone, benumbed with cold and almost exhausted, out of the mill-race. No person was near the spot but Jane Pool, though Mr. Cooke, and Mr. Hugh Stanhope (who were fishing) from a distance saw her enter the river without knowing her motive, and were called to her assistance after she had succeeded in rescuing Mrs. Cooke. This young woman has before saved a little child from drowning.

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