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Life-saving teen caught on camera

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This is the moment a hero teenage lifeguard saved a man’s life after he got into difficulty when swimming.

Eagle-eyed Lauryn Deverson sprung into action when the 60-year-old swimmer panicked in the pool at Fulwood Leisure Centre.

Her actions were captured on the centre’s CCTV.

The 18-year-old has been dubbed a hero by her bosses for her actions, which ultimately saved the man’s life.

The Cardinal Newman College pupil has worked at the centre in Black Bull Lane, Fulwood, for just over a year and was just 17 at the time of the dramatic rescue.

Lauryn, who lives in Fulwood, today relieved the moment she saved the man. She said: “I was walking up and down and I saw him, I wondered what he was doing at first so I kept a close eye on him, I noticed her was struggling and took action.

“He was flapping his arms and started to panic. I threw in the torpedo buoy but he couldn’t reached it - then I just jumped in.

“The other person on the other side raised the emergency alarm and everybody got to the incident.

“It all happened so quickly, I was in shock afterwards. Instinct just took over.”

Lauryn said the man, had been “bobbing up and down” in the water and she knew she had to act.

“It was busy at the time, there were swimming lessons going on.

“It is hard to believe - I never thought I would be able to do that.”

Lauryn started working at the leisure centre in October 2012

The teenager works at the centre alongside her studies and has undergone thorough lifeguard training.

She hopes to have a career as a children’s nurse.

The modest teenager added: “It wasn’t just me, the other person who was on the other side helped a lot, he helped get him out then the whole team took over.

“The man shook my hand and was full of praise. He has just started to panic in the water and couldn’t go any further.

“When we saw it on the CCTV I was a bit like ‘Wow is that me’ everyone was watching it and I felt a bit shy about it.”

The man is understood to have recovered from the incident which happened late last year.

 

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