Boy rescued in river drama - Pages From the Past

Mark Thornton, 11, in the arms of his rescuer, Colin  Westerman, of Boston, who dived into the water near Cooks Lock to save the boy after he fell in and  was left unconscious by the 15ft drop.
Mark Thornton, 11, in the arms of his rescuer, Colin Westerman, of Boston, who dived into the water near Cooks Lock to save the boy after he fell in and was left unconscious by the 15ft drop.

An 11-year-old boy who fell between two lock gates was saved from drowning by the bravery of a 27-year-old fisherman.

Cook’s Lock, the junction of the north and south forty foot drains, was the scene of the drama when young Mark Thornton, of Hessle Avenue, plunged 15ft

into the water between the two lock gates, knocking himself unconscious.

He would have almost certainly drowned had it not been for the quick actions of Colin Westerman, 27, of Ingelow Avenue, Boston. Mr Westerman dragged the boy out of the water and was helped by Jennette Perkins, of Hessle Drive, who gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Mark had been fishing near the lock gates and was crossing the railway bridge when he fell in, hitting his head on the lock wall.

Colin, fishing further downstream heard the splash and came to his aid.