Heroic holidaymaker saves boy from propeller in Nerja

LAST UPDATED: 25 Aug, 2012 @ 08:49
Heroic holidaymaker saves boy from propeller in Nerja

A BRITISH man has described the moment he saved the life of a 12-year-old boybeing ripped apart by a boat’s propeller.

Lawrence Harridge, 47, from Tiptree in Essex, was holidaying with family on Maro beach near Nerja when he saw a power boat bobbing on and off the rocks, clearly out of control.

“We then saw there was a boy in the water,” said Harridge, who works in asbestos management. “The water was red. It was like a scene from a horror film.”

The courageous Briton dived straight into the water to help the youngster and lifted him into another boat where his wife, Vanessa, did her best to stem the bleeding.

The youngster received horrific injuries to his abdomen, arm and both legs.

His condition was stabilised on the beach and he was later airlifted to Malaga children’s hospital where he is currently being treated.


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