Cornwall

Boy takes 'heroic' Mousehole Harbour rescue in his stride

  • 1 September 2013
  • From the section Cornwall
Media captionRichie Payne spotted the 10-year-old girl who was suffering a suspected seizure

A boy who was involved in the rescue of a young girl from the sea in Cornwall has said he is taking the "heroic" act in his stride.

Richie Payne, from Mousehole, was on the beach at Mousehole Harbour when he spotted something was wrong.

The 11-year-old helped pull the unconscious girl out of the water before she was airlifted to hospital on Friday.

It is thought the 10-year-old had an epileptic seizure while swimming.

She was wearing a snorkelling mask at the time.

Richie, whose dad volunteers on the Penlee Lifeboat, said: "I saw this girl shouting 'help', so I swam over and I didn't know what had happened, so I lifted her up and said 'take the mask off'.

"But once I managed to get it over her nose, she started foaming out of the mouth."

'Sort of scared'

Richie said he spotted a friend of his grandfather's in his fishing boat and shouted over to him for help.

"We pulled the girl up onto the boat, and then I went in and got towels and wrapped it around her and we waited for a bit and then the paramedic came and the RNLI and the coastguard and police," he said.

The 10-year-old girl was airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro where her condition was said to be improving.

"I was sort of scared, but I knew what my dad had said about swimming over there, but being careful," Richie said.

"I thought about that and I did it. I'm quite a good swimmer."

'Quick thinking'

Residents believe the girl was on holiday with her family in Mousehole when the incident happened.

"They said 'thank you'. Hopefully the girl is ok," Richie said.

"All my friends called me a hero, which was pretty cool."

Richie's mum, Julie Payne, added: "His quick thinking was pretty incredible really, because he obviously spotted her a lot quicker than the other people on the beach.

"It was once Jesse arrived with his boat and the mum arrived too and they put her on the boat, that people realised there was a bit of a problem.

"I was quite proud, he was quick off his feet to notice what was going on."

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