Stuart Crang is just 10 years old, which makes this story all the more commendable and unusual. Richard Brown (a canoe instructor) and Sue Taffler were out at sea and were having problems with their boat; it was filled with water and had capsized as a result. The couple were in the water with their life jackets on.
Not many people seemed to notice what was going on (there were other vessels about), but Stuart did. He’d been fishing at the time in his dingy when he noticed the couple. He rowed over to them, tied a rope to their boat and towed them in. The tide wasn’t the calmest at times either. Stuart was calm all the way through though.
Stuart’s dad later came to help him, but it looks like the young man did the bulk of the work.
Rescuing is in Stuart’s blood. His father is a lifeboat man and so is his grandfather. What’s remarkable is that he did it on his own. Why? “because I was there, and I care about people, and they were in danger”, he says.
Stuart said he’d do it all again. He says it with conviction, confidence and firm enthusiasm. Yes. It’s in his blood. Definitely. Defiantly.