Curtis Elphick was swept from the slipway at Gurnard seafront on Tuesday (August 24) and taken out by the strong current.
After seeing what had happened and hearing Curtis’s cries for help, Nathan Parkmanm 13 and Jake Matthews 13 both from Cowes, dashed to his aid. Nathan dived in to the sea and rescued Curtis with Jake jumping in to help pull him to dry land.
“I saw Curtis with his swimming things and I told him not to go swimming because the weather was far too treacherous,” said his mum Nina. “He dropped his bag and I thought he’d just gone out to play.
“Then I got a call from Gurnard Sailing Club to say he’d been pulled from the water.
“Curtis now speaks about the frightening story with great fear now. He has since told me that he actually gave up fighting the current and went under – it was only the heroic Nathan Parkman who kept diving under and pushing him back up to the surface that saved his life.
“I’ve been to visit both of the two little heroes and their families to thank them. The weather was so bad – they put themselves at great risk. And I would also like to thank Max Wilson who called the ambulance.
“Apparently there was an adult standing nearby who did nothing.
“I hope this story will warn kids not to try to swim when the conditions are so bad – Curtis wasn’t even swimming, he was swept off the slipway by a wave.”
Curtis was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital where he was kept overnight and treated for seawater ingestion and was back at his home in Cowes the following day.