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Modest hero rescues boys from Grimsby dock

What Happened
Person overboard/swept away/fell in the 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
A HERO'S quick thinking has helped save the lives of two eight-year-olds from drowning.

Barry Haigh (42) was just another visitor to Grimsby's Fishing Heritage Centre on Saturday afternoon, when the boys fell into Alexandra Dock.

Barry Haigh, who rescued two boys from the Alexandra Dock, Grimsby, behind the Fishing Heritage Centre.

With one lying face down in the water, the boys were left fighting for their lives until Barry dived into the dock.

But while some are calling him a hero, Barry, a joiner from Holyoake Road, Grimsby, says he just did what anyone else would have done.

He said: "I don't really want to make a song and dance about it.

"I just did what anyone else would do, otherwise they would have drowned."

At the time of the incident, Barry was waiting to tour the Ross Tiger trawler with his 11-year-old daughter Lauren.

He said: "We were waiting to go on the tour and then these two teenage girls came up to me and said these two lads had fallen in and were drowning.

"I didn't think about it, I just dived in.

"One of them was face down in the water and he was just bobbing up and down."

Quickly Barry dragged the pair from the water, handing them to a passer-by who waded in to help.

Back on dry land, the boys were attended to by paramedics.

Barry said: "I don't know anything about them, they just went off with the ambulance.

"Really I just want to make sure they are all right."

And while Barry may not think of himself as a hero, others certainly do.

Helen Emptage, one of the Heritage Centre's first aiders, said without Barry the story would be much different.

She said: "It was our trawler guide who let me know something had happened.

"I got called out because someone was in the water but by the time I got there he had already got them out.

"The boys had swallowed a bit of water, one had even gone under, but the ambulance was there more or less by the time I got there.

"Barry was just a customer and he was waiting for the tour but I don't know what would have happened if he had not been there."

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