Teenager rescues his giant friend

LITTLE HERO: Sam Brear, 15, (right) saved Adam Greening, 16, from drowning in a canal. PIC: Matthew Page

LITTLE HERO: Sam Brear, 15, (right) saved Adam Greening, 16, from drowning in a canal. PIC: Matthew Page

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A pint-sized teenager saved his best pal from drowning despite him being THREE TIMES his weight.

Sam Brear, 15, sprung into action after friend Adam Greening, 16, plunged into an icy canal.

Despite being just 5ft 1in and eight stone wet through, super strong Sam managed to save the life of his massive mate by keeping the 24-stone teenager afloat after he had got into difficulty in the murky waters.

Sam thought nothing of his own safety as he leapt into the water to save his 6ft 7in tall friend.

The brave schoolboy, from St Thomas a Beckett School in Wakefield, used his strength to keep man-mountain Adam above the surface.

He then treaded water until emergency services, which he’d called on his mobile, arrived at the canal.

Sam said: “I tried to get him out of the water but that was just too difficult because he’s so heavy.

“So I held him up and kept him talking until the fire brigade came.”

Grateful Adam, of Savile Street, College Grove, Wakefield, feared the worst as he dipped below the water’s surface.

He said: “I thought I was going to die, it was awful. It was the first time I had swum in a canal and I won’t be doing it again.”

His relieved mum, Faith Greening, 58, said: “We were told if they hadn’t got him out when they did, he would have died.

“If he had been in there any longer he would have drowned.

“We’re so grateful to everyone who helped him.”

Crews from Leeds, Wakefield, Brighouse and Ossett were called to the canal near Broad Reach Bridge, on Park Lodge Lane, Wakefield, on Thursday at 8.30pm.

Wakefield crew commander David Hollingsworth praised the quick reactions of Sam.

But he also added a stern warning. He said: “This boy was very lucky to be alive.

“Young people need to realise how dangerous it is to jump into canals.”

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