Richard to the rescue

Quick-thinking: Scout Richard Wilmot being presented with a certificate after rescuing his cousin from deep water.
Quick-thinking: Scout Richard Wilmot being presented with a certificate after rescuing his cousin from deep water.
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This quick-thinking teenager has reason to be smiling.

Forteen-year-old Scout Richard Wilmot probably saved his cousin James Bennett’s life after an accident in Matlock in 1981.

The boys were fishing at a reservoir when James became involved in a scuffle with other boys resulting in him being pushed in to the 14-feet deep water.

The banks were too steep to climb so Richard ‘fished’ him out with the help of his rod.

Richard was later awarded a certificate for his efforts.

Here he is pictured collecting a certficate in honour of his bravery from County Commissioner Ted Price, watched by mum Peggy Wilmot, Cub Leader, and Syd Smith Scout Leader.

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