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18 July 2018

18 July 2018
July 18, 2018 Fletcher Ruddy

Off duty lifeboat volunteer saves teenager from drowning in Mersea

A heroic off-duty lifeboat volunteer plucked a teenager from the water to save him from drowning.

Ollie Jarvis was on his way home from a day trip on his boat with his mum back to Mersea when he spotted 14-year-old Evan Theobald clinging onto the side of another vessel having been swept out to sea by a strong current.

Realising he was in trouble, Mr Jarvis cut the engine on his boat and helped Evan onto the back before taking him back ashore.

The youngster initially seemed fine after making it back to the island, but a few minutes after Mr Jarvis left he collapsed and had to be rushed to hospital.

Fortunately, he was discharged later on Monday night with no lasting damage and was even back at Thomas Lord Audley School yesterday to cheer on pals as they took part in sports day.

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