While out in his 8-foot dinghy fishing one day last month, 10 year old Stuart Crang spotted two people in the water near a capsized sailboat. What did the youngster do? Did he run for help? No. He rowed over to see if they needed assistance.
Richard Brown and Sue Taffler had been in the water for 45 minutes were both wearing life vests and holding onto to the capsized Pico sailboat when Crang arrived. He asked if they were alright, to which they replied, “no.” He offered to tow the boat in. Afraid they might capsize the boy’s boat by trying to climb in, they opted to simply hang on to the sail boat.
Crang struggled to row the boat back to the harbor for 30 minutes. At about that time, the British lad’s father spotted him and asked if he was alright. By that time he was pretty far into the harbor and told his dad he would be fine in a minute or so. His offered to take the sailboat off his hands and helped the two stranded sailors out of the water.
Crang told the BBC that Richard and Sue were pretty cold and tired when they were rescued and not feeling too great.
How did Crang come by his cool head and calm reactions? His father, Nigel Crang, 47, is a member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s lifeboat crew and his older brother Jonathon is a member of the Torbay coastguard team. You might say rescue work is in his blood.
Brown later told the BBC that Crang was an “absolute star.” The rescued couple thanked the youngster with a card and packages of sweets.