When Alfie Williams from Hailsham saw a man drowning off the coast of Eastbourne, he jumped into action and saved his life.
On Saturday 21 April, the Year 9, Hailsham Community College student was on Eastbourne beach with his friends when they saw a man in a kayak fall into the sea and shout for help.
Alfie immediately swam out a significant distance to the end of the pier and guided the man safely back to the shore. The paramedics who attended the scene said the man was in genuine danger and praised Alfie for saving his life.
Phil Matthews, Principal said “Alfie has modestly said that anybody would have done the same thing. I disagree. I think if we are all honest, most of us would stand by and wait for somebody else to take action.
He added; “Alfie has shown himself to be a very impressive young man, who can feel very proud indeed of his quick and selfless actions. It has given me great pleasure to award him with a ’Certificate of Excellence’ in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the community.”