Teenage life-saver hopes his luck will change

18 year old Bradley Bastian from Heelands, Milton Keynes, saved the life of a boy drowning in the canal at Stoke Bruerne.'He was having a picnic with his family when he noticed the 7 year old boy was in trouble.'Photos by: Kelly Cooper NNL-140210-171128009
18 year old Bradley Bastian from Heelands, Milton Keynes, saved the life of a boy drowning in the canal at Stoke Bruerne.'He was having a picnic with his family when he noticed the 7 year old boy was in trouble.'Photos by: Kelly Cooper NNL-140210-171128009
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A down-on-his-luck teenager became a lifesaver last month, when he dived into a canal to rescue a drowning boy.

18-year-old Bradley Yelland was at the Village At War event in Stoke Bruerne, Northants, with his family two weeks ago when he saw a small child struggling in the water.

And without a second thought he dived in to save the youngster.

Bradley said: “When I saw him under the water I just jumped in fully clothed.

“When I got him out, my dad took him over to his family. I guess he didn’t get a chance to say anything to me.”

Bradley came forward to identify himself after a public appeal by the family of Jake Howard, a seven-year-old boy who cannot swim.

Bradley, who is a former White Spires special needs school pupil, admits that he has been “down on his luck” for the past year, and he is now living with a friend in a caravan which measures 10 feet by six feet.

But he hopes that karma will smile on him after his rescue.

He said: “I left college and left home but I couldn’t find a job and I couldn’t find anywhere to live. I’m living in caravan in a back garden in Heelands.

“I’m hoping my luck will change because I did something good in rescuing the little boy.”

The mum of rescued boy Jake Howard paid tribute to Bradley’s bravery.

Gemma Caple said: “I really want to let Bradley know I’m so grateful and I would like to buy him a drink.

“A lot of people would have seen Jake fall in and thought ‘I’m not going in’. It was very brave and I am very glad he was there.”