Pupil Felix Corson praised after heroism saves distressed man at sea
30th August 2016

A talented young sailor at Rydal Penrhos has been praised for his heroism after coming to the aid of a man while out at sea.

Felix Corson, a Year 8 pupil at the school, was sea kayaking near Salcombe in Devon while on holiday when he came across an elderly man in distress.

The man was out of depth and struggling to swim back against the current, and he issued a cry for help to the pupil as his strength deteriorated.

The regional coastguard were dealing with another situation at the time of the incident, so Felix used his initiative and got the man to hold onto a rope on the back of his kayak.

He then strenuously paddled until the elderly gentleman was able to stand up and get to safety.

Acting head Roger McDuff, said: “This was an extraordinary act of bravery from Felix and everyone at Rydal Penrhos is so proud of him.

“To act with such composure in the face of an extremely difficult situation is absolutely outstanding, and he is a credit not only to himself and his family, but also to the school.”

Felix, who is part of the North Wales sailing squad, is about to embark on a huge year of competition in the hopes of gaining an RS Feva Welsh call-up.

He has spent the summer honing his craft at two separate courses at Plas Menai and competing at events including the Anglesey CRYC.


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