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Suffolk pupil praised for helping to save drowning man

A Catholic prep school pupil in Suffolk has been commended for assisting a drowning man whilst on holiday in the Lake District.

Moreton Hall Prep School pupil, Jameson Rogers, was celebrated at the Bury St Edmunds school this week (October 10) with a special award presented by school governor, Piers Day, for his extraordinary actions while kayaking on Lake Windermere in the summer.

Jameson and his sister Katie, a former pupil of Moreton Hall, witnessed a man fall into the water and begin to struggle. Jameson paddled over and managed to keep him afloat while his sister raised the alarm.

The children's grandmother wrote to the school, saying: "Katie and Jameson were kayaking on Windermere when they saw an elderly man fall into the water. Whilst Katie paddled to alert her grandfather, who was on his yacht nearby, Jameson paddled to the man, who was unable to help himself because he was weighed down by his clothing and could not swim, he told him to hang on to his kayak and he would keep him afloat till help arrived. Katie, Jameson and Grandpa were eventually able to get a life jacket on the casualty and effect a rescue.

"My husband is a former lifeboat coxswain and said that without the sensible actions of both children in getting swift help and standing by the man to keep him afloat he would quite possibly have drowned."

Moreton Hall headmaster, Chris Moxon, said: "We are immensely proud of both Jameson and Katie. Their actions may well have prevented someone losing his life and a devastating loss for the family involved."

Pictured above, Jameson Rogers receives a commendation from school governor, Piers Day (left) and headmaster Chris Moxon.