Mums’ water warning after rescue drama

Denford, boys that nearly drowned: Mums l-r Sarah Turl, and her son Michael, and Josephine Bray, with her son Haiden.'09/07/13
Denford, boys that nearly drowned: Mums l-r Sarah Turl, and her son Michael, and Josephine Bray, with her son Haiden.'09/07/13
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The mums of two boys rescued from the River Nene have thanked their rescuers and asked parents to warn their children of the dangers of open water.

Friends Haiden Cobley and Michael Sarris, both 12 and from Thrapston, were playing by a stream near Denford Lock on Sunday, June 30.

Haiden then got into difficulties in a deep stretch of water.

Michael jumped into the water to rescue his friend, but the pair panicked and pulled each other under the water.

Fortunately, a family from Ringstead playing nearby were able to pull them from the water. A woman jumped in and pushed them nearer to the shore after being alerted by the commotion.

Haiden’s mum Josephine Bray said: “Earlier in the day Haiden had been brought home by a police officer.

“I had phoned the police because I had been worried that they were playing in the river.

“I told him not to go there but he went back again – that’s when they got into trouble.

“We went along to the Travellers’ site in Ringstead on Monday to thank the family, because the firefighters said they probably would have died if they had not been there.”

Michael’s mum Sarah Turl said: “We want to warn people because the water there was a lot deeper than the boys thought and the current was a lot stronger.”

Dad’s warning: Keep your children out of the water.