Hero saves drowning boy from ford in Rugby

Aaron Abbott with his sister at the ford in Long Lawford
Aaron Abbott with his sister at the ford in Long Lawford

A family is raising awareness of water safety after their son was saved from drowning by a kind-hearted passing stranger.

Aaron Abbott was paddling with friends in the ford off Chapel Street in Long Lawford when he got into trouble.

When I have a baby I’m going to name him after the man who just saved my life

Aaron Abbott, 11

The water became too deep for the 11-year-old and he began to panic after getting caught in the reeds.

Aaron’s friends were screaming for help as he was pulled under the water by the current numerous times.

But a man who was walking by with his girlfriend at the time dived in and dragged Aaron to safety.

“I just want to thank him so, so much because not everyone would have done what he did. We are so thankful,” said Aaron’s mother, Dawn.

“When Aaron came home and told me what happened I hugged him but the seriousness of it didn’t sink in at the time. Then later after tea I thought about what could of happened if the man wasn’t there or if one of his friends had tried to save him and ended up in danger too - it’s hard not to think about the ‘what ifs’,” Dawn said.

“Aaron walked into the kitchen after it had happened and said ‘when I have a baby I’m going to name him after the man who just saved my life’. I didn’t know what he was talking about and I couldn’t believe it when he told me what happened.

“Aaron got really upset that night after he realised what could of happened and it took him a while to get to sleep. It was so scary thinking how scared he must of been and of what could of happened. I’m so thankful that he is OK now and so thankful to the man that saved him.”

The man who saved Aaron did not wish to be identified but Dawn managed to track him down on Facebook and has thanked him for saving her son’s life.

The distressing incident happened last Monday. Dawn said: “Hopefully this experience can help make other families more aware of the risks when near water. It was so scary to think what could have happened but we are so glad Aaron is safe.”