A woman has spoken of her gratitude after she managed to track down the two men who saved her son from drowning.
When seven-year-old Frankie Creek fell off a jetty at Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes one evening last month, his mother, Natasha, was too distracted by their barking dogs to hear the splash.
“I was facing away for just a second and didn’t hear him fall into the water as my dogs were making so much noise,” Natasha Creek told BBC News.
Plunged into the cold water, and with dusk drawing in, Frankie, who was not a strong swimmer, would not have lasted long. But two young men who were nearby saw what had happened and raced to pull him to safety.
Distraught at the near tragedy, Natasha was in the moment unable to properly thank the men. But she was determined to track them down. She wrote a Facebook post, with a grainy and distant photo taken seconds before Frankie fell, headlined: “Please help me find the two lads who saved my son’s life!”
After it was shared 400 times in 24 hours, a friend of her son’s saviours got in touch.
“I am amazed at how quickly this all escalated … so many friends and complete strangers helping to find these two amazing lads,” Creek wrote in an update to her post.
Days later, brothers Kofi and Jermaine Reid, from Milton Keynes, met Frankie, his mother, her husband, Phil, and their daughter Arabella at a pub, where the family could finally express their gratitude. “We still have our son because of their quick actions,” Natasha said. “They saved his life.”
Kofi Reid said he was just glad that he and his brother were in the right place at the right time. “They are such a loving family and it was a pleasure meeting [them] and spending time together,” he said.
Natasha Creek said she was blown away by the reunion. “They were the nicest guys and so humble about what they did,” she said.