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Boy rescued from river

PUBLISHED: 08:59 29 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:28 06 July 2010

A Yarmouth mother lovingly hugged her six-year old son as she spoke of how he was lucky to be alive after the youngster fell in to the River Yare.

A Yarmouth mother lovingly hugged her six-year old son as she spoke of how he was lucky to be alive after the youngster fell in to the River Yare.

Nicola Steward said that she never wants any parent to go through the agony of waiting to see if their child was alive following the dramatic rescue of her son Krisna last Wednesday night.

As Krisna battled to stay afloat, his eight-year-old brother, Tyler, tried to rescue him by throwing a cable and managed to alert passersby to the emergency.

The six-year-old was safely hauled out of the water by a Yarmouth Port Company pilot boat crewed by Clive Williment and Ryan Gowing, who then passed him to the Gorleston inshore lifeboat.

His mother faced an agonising wait by the quayside as her son was bought back to land.

The drama unfolded close to where a nine-year-old girl was rescued two years ago and where Daniel Entwhistle, seven, went missing, presumed drowned in May 2003.

Although Miss Steward, a floristry student at Yarmouth College, always keeps a close eye on Krisna and Tyler and tells them to be careful near water, she is warning parents to make sure that they always know where their children are.

She said: “In just one second my whole life could have been wrecked. I would never want any mother to have to go through what I had to.

Krisna was lucky to survive falling into the river Yare at about 6.20pm as at the time the water was slack and he would not have been swept away far by the current.

As a thank you to the rescuers Krisna and Tyler will draw them pictures and their mother will buy them some chocolates.

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