Honour for 10-year-old Brixham rescue hero Stuart
BRIXHAM rescuer Stuart Crang is to be honoured by Torbay Council for his "incredible composure and extreme presence of mind" when he went to the aid of two stranded sailors off Brixham.
During the school councillors assembly at Brixham Church of England Primary School on Friday, Stuart will be presented with a certificate of valour by Brixham Harbour Master Captain Paul Labistour.
The incident happened in July when 10-year-old Stuart rowed out in his eight-foot boat to tow the two sailors back to dry land.
The dinghy had got into trouble about half a mile off Fishcombe, and Stuart noticed it kept turning over.
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He saw a husband a wife in the sea, and they couldn't get back on to the dinghy because it had filled with water.
Quick-thinking Stuart, whose father Nigel is part of the RNLI's Torbay Lifeboat crew, put the couple on a tow line and rowed them back to shore.
The local couple, who had been in the water for about 45 minutes, expressed their gratitude to Stuart and gave him boxes of sweets.
Torbay Council's Harbour Committee Chairman, Cllr Vic Ellery, who along with Stuart's parents, Nigel and Cheryl, will also attend the presentation, said: "The incredible composure and extreme presence of mind that were the actions of Stuart encaptures everything about the community spirit that is Brixham.
"With a minority of youngsters continually getting a bad press, we are pleased to see Stuart hitting the headlines for all the right reasons. This is a shining example of a young man's determination to act and to ignore his own safety to save others in distress.
"Coming from a family of seafarers and lifeboat men, you can clearly see the values and priorities that have been instilled in him. He is an example to us all."
Head Teacher Mrs Mel Easter said: "We are so proud of Stuart. He has put into practice everything that we have tried to instil in our pupils - courage, citizenship, respect and consideration for others.
"His efforts have been further rewarded with the Blue Peter team visiting the school to present him with their ultimate accolade, a Gold Blue Peter Badge."