Rescuer reunited with family he saved from sea off Southsea

MEETING UP From left, Helen Moorhouse, 36, Jake Moorhouse, seven, and rescuers Connor Thorpe, 15, and Kyle Cloke, 14.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (120696-3826)
MEETING UP From left, Helen Moorhouse, 36, Jake Moorhouse, seven, and rescuers Connor Thorpe, 15, and Kyle Cloke, 14. Picture: Malcolm Wells (120696-3826)

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IT was an emotional reunion as a young mum thanked two teenagers for saving her and her son’s life.

Helen Moorhouse and her seven-year-old son Jake yesterday showed their gratitude to rescuers Connor Thorpe, 15, and Kyle Cloke, 14.

Marine cadet Connor had been out with his girlfriend and Kyle on Southsea seafront when he spotted Mrs Moorhouse struggling to pull her son Jake from the water, close to the Blue Reef Aquarium.

The youngster had fallen on the slippery rocks and couldn’t get out.

Mrs Moorhouse, from Eastleigh, also slipped as Connor and Kyle rushed to help.

After a few minutes all three made it out of the water, soaking wet, after Kyle helped to pull them out.

Mrs Moorhouse did not get a chance to thank them after the rescue on Saturday. But they were reunited yesterday at the spot where it happened and Mrs Moorhouse and Jake thanked them in person.

She said: ‘The poor lad wouldn’t give up. He was determined to get us out. I would probably still be there now if it wasn’t for him.

‘It could have been so different if he weren’t there for us. Afterwards I remember putting my hand up as if to say thank you but he had walked off and all the attention was focused on Jake because he’s so young.

‘I’m so grateful to Connor and so glad he has come forward.

‘We’ve only just moved to the area and this was our first day out and there was such drama.’

Connor’s mum Rachel Hickton, 39, said: ‘We are really proud of him.

‘Connor is good as gold, he’s a really good kid. He has never given me any trouble and he’s definitely got his head screwed on.

‘He is very big for his age and I’m not surprised he was strong enough to pull them in.

‘On Wednesday we are going to visit Welbeck College military sixth form because he wants to go into the forces.’

Connor and Kyle are both year 10 pupils at Miltoncross School in Milton Road, Portsmouth.

Connor said: ‘My first instinct wasn’t to think about how or why – it was just to get him out. In some views I guess it was a bit silly because I didn’t think about myself, I just focused on the boy. I didn’t really risk my life but I definitely did something close to it. My cadet training helped with making my decision quicker.’