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Drowning teenager is saved by soldier

What Happened
Person tired/overwhelmed by water
What Caused
Human factor
Casualty type/Qty
Causal Factors
Lack of awareness of hazards/obstacles
Injury Details
Near miss

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Description of Incident
AN off-duty soldier who risked his life to rescue a teenager from drowning last night played down suggestions he was a hero. Argyll and Sutherland Highlander John Innes, 21, swam about 30 metres before diving down to drag Peter Carlin, 17, from the murky depths of the River Cart, behind the Watermill Hotel at Paisley, Renfrewshire. The teenager had been fishing at a spot known as The Hamills, when he lost the top of his fishing rod in the water. He attempted to retrieve it but was swept away by the current and disappeared below the surface. Mr Innes, who had just begun a three-week holiday at home in Paisley after passing out last Thursday with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, said the fitness he gained during his six months' basic training in Edinburgh undoubtedly helped in the rescue. He had been fishing for only a few minutes when he saw a young boy at the other side of the riverbank walk into the water with his clothes on. Two other men gave the Peter first aid until paramedics arrived. He was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley, where his condition last night was stable.
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