Bravery award for Ilkeston teenager who saved woman from River Erewash

Bravery award for Ilkeston teenager who saved woman from River Erewash

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A brave teenager from Ilkeston who called 999 and helped to pull a woman from the River Erewash has been recognised with a Laverick bravery award.

Guy Sharp, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was cycling along the River Erewash with some friends at 10.20pm on 12 July when he spotted a woman struggling in the water.

Guy, now 18 and an apprentice for Toyota UK, said: “We heard a splash in the river which didn’t sound normal.

“I could see a woman in the water and she was floating in and out of consciousness.”

Guy immediately took charge of the situation, rang 999 and worked with his friends to get the woman out of the river. One friend shone a light into the water and the others worked together to pull her from the water.

Guy stayed on the phone to 999 call handler Rachael Ife and answered all her questions so she could arrange the help the patient needed. 

However, once out of the water, the patient was determined to leave. Guy worked hard to calm her down and convinced her to wait for the ambulance.

He said: “I didn’t want her to go because she needed help, and so I kept telling her the ambulance was on the way.

“I was relieved when the ambulance arrived and I knew she was in safe hands.

“She couldn’t have gotten herself out, we could have been the last people to see her and she could have died.”

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Ambulance crew Vicki Hopkins and Beverley Guyatt arrived soon after Guy’s 999 call, wrapped the patient in a blanket and took her to Royal Derby Hospital.

Today, Emergency Care Assistant Vicki presented Guy with a Laverick Bravery award which recognises young persons of courage.

She said: "You did a great job and made our lives easier. You really did save her life that day.

"The patient's temperature was low when we arrived so if you hadn't pulled her out of the water and called 999 when you did, she could have developed hypothermia."

Nick Sharp, Guy's dad, also attended the award presentation and said he was very proud of his son.

He added: "I was proud of him before he did this, but I'm especially proud of him today."

The Laverick Award, which recognises children and young adults who have gone above and beyond to help another, is in memory of Nick Laverick – a paramedic team leader who died of cancer on his 37thbirthday in September 2013. Nick’s friends and colleagues decided to continue his legacy through this award.

The presentation took place on Thursday, 22nd March at Ilkeston Ambulance Station.