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“Hero” friend saves life of teen cyclist who lost control of bike and fell in sea

Youngster jumped in after pal who had sustained head injury and held his head above water till help arrived

The friend of a teenage cyclist who lost control of his bike and fell into the sea in Suffolk has been called a hero after saving his life.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency said that the youngster fell 15 feet into the sea at Ness Point, Lowestoft on Saturday and was in “immediate danger,” reports BBC News.

His friend jumped into the water after him and, with the sea rising and the teenager suffering from head injuries, lifted his head up to prevent him drowning, with his actions said to have “kept him alive.”

Emergency services arrived and lowered lifejackets to the boys, and they were raised to safety by ropes and ladder.

The two youngsters were taken to hospital and were said to be in a stable condition.

Station commander Andrew Jackson of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said the friend had performed an "act of heroism" and that he and his colleagues were "really proud of the individual for doing what he's done".

He said it was likely that the youngster would be recognised for saving his friend, but added: "We wouldn't encourage people to put themselves at great risk and to leave the rescues to the professionals."

Air ambulance critical care paramedic Steve Chambers said: "Both were extremely fortunate not to have suffered more serious injuries bearing in mind the circumstances of this incident."

Eyewitness Eva Woodroffe, who was walking her dogs close by, commented: "It's quite a drop. I don't know how the first one didn't hurt himself really badly.

"It was high tide so the waves would have been lapping over them. People don't realise how strong the sea can be."

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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