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John Franklin-Adams saves man from crocodile

Year 1933

Read by May Grandy – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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John Franklin-Adams, River Isioha, Kenya.

About 6.30 p.m. towards dusk on the 17th March, 1933, John Franklin-Adams, Basil Cochrane and Benjamin P. Fayle went to bathe in the River Isioha, 6 miles west of Kakamega, Kenya Colony.

Franklin-Adams and Fayle swam upstream through a deep pool, and stood up in shallow water reaching to the thigh. Cochrane was then undressing on the bank.

Suddenly Fayle’s right arm was seized by a crocodile, which shook his arm and tried to drag him under water. He shouted out and Franklin-Adams at once gripped the crocodile by the head, and by pulling and shaking he made it release its grip.

He pulled Fayle to his feet, then helped him out of the water. His arm was broken in two places and Franklin-Adams attended to it, then with Cochrane got him back to their camp.

Danger of being dragged into deep water, Mr. Franklin-Adams showed exemplary initiative, courage and tenacity, and at great personal risk saved Mr. Fayle’s life.

A Silver Medal was awarded to John Franklin-Adams on the 19th September, 1933.

This is a typical Royal Humane Case, a spontaneous act of self sacrifice which resulted in saving of life.

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