Benwick horror crash heroes receive top national life saving honours
Two heroes who saved a nine-year-old boy drowning after a van he was in crashed into a drain at Benwick and ended upside down and submerged have been awarded top national life-saving and bravery honours.
The horror crash happened on the morning of February 8 this year in Whittlesey Road. The van driver lost control on a corner and the van went into the river, coming to rest upside down with the passenger compartment completely submerged. The driver managed to escape but the young boy who was with him remained trapped in the vehicle.
Adrian and Christopher Moulding, who lived nearby, rushed to the scene, taking a crowbar and other tools with them. When they arrived they found that the boy was trapped and realising that time was fast running out if he was to be saved, they ignored any risk to themselves and went into the water.