Mum’s gratitude for boy who rescued her son from the sea off Southsea

GRATEFUL Helen Moorhouse and her son Jake, seven, were rescued from the sea at Southsea by a passer-by.  Picture: 'Allan Hutchings (120680-393)
GRATEFUL Helen Moorhouse and her son Jake, seven, were rescued from the sea at Southsea by a passer-by. Picture: 'Allan Hutchings (120680-393)
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WHEN Helen Moorhouse saw her son Jake fall into the water at Southsea seafront her first instinct was to run and help.

The seven-year-old had slipped on some seaweed-covered stones and was lying face down in the water near the Blue Reef Aquarium.

But the stones were so slick the 36-year-old couldn’t reach him without falling in herself.

When a teenage boy spotted the pair in trouble, he ran to help but slipped and landed in the water alongside Helen.

Now Helen wants to thank the boy after he pushed them to safety and walked off with his friends.

Helen, 36, said: ‘All of a sudden I heard Jake screaming.

‘I looked over and he was in the water. Every time he stood up he slipped again and fell in further.

‘I went down but was having trouble getting hold of him.

‘Jake was hysterical and I remember him saying “I’m going to die.”’

As Helen struggled to pull Jake out of the water, the teenager ran over to help.

Helen, from Eastleigh, thinks he was around 16 or 17 years old.

‘This lad came down to help but unfortunately he slipped and knocked us both in, so all three of us were in the water,’ Helen added.

‘Once we pushed Jake up onto the dry stones he helped me up because I was crying by that point too.

‘His friends helped us both out and then I saw to Jake and by the time I turned around they were gone.

‘He was absolutely soaked from head to toe like us but I didn’t get the chance to go over and say thank you.

‘All we want to do is buy him some new trainers or something as a sign of gratitude for what he did.’

It happened at around 1.30pm on Saturday.

Jake said: ‘I was walking along and I didn’t see the green slimy bits and I slipped.

‘I was grabbing hold of the stones but whenever I got up I ended up sliding down more.

‘It was very scary. I felt a lot better when my mum came down although she fell in too.

‘I want to say thank you to the teenager who helped me.’

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