Cool headed Cory saves his mate from drowning

Cory Challinor, 13, of Sherwood Road, Harworth, who saved his friend from drowning, with his dad Martin and sister Jessica, 19. Picture: Andrew Roe
Cory Challinor, 13, of Sherwood Road, Harworth, who saved his friend from drowning, with his dad Martin and sister Jessica, 19. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A TEENAGER has been hailed a hero after bravely saving one of his friends from drowning in a village pond.

Quick-thinking Cory Challinor, 13, instinctively dived into the water when he saw his panicking pal struggling to breathe after being pushed off a lilo he was on.

Courageous Cory grabbed his mate and pulled him on to his shoulder dragging them both out of the pond which is based in a disused quarry in Scrooby.

Despite his life-saving heroics, Cory, of Sherwood Road, Harworth, was too humble to tell his parents Martin and Wendy, both 41.

The couple only found out about their son’s brave act when the family of the rescued 14-year-old lad, who did not want to be named, got in touch to thank Serlby Park pupil Cory for saving his life.

“We were all just hanging around and then he got pushed into the water,” said Cory, a talented Balby Academy footballer.

“I saw he was choking and he was screaming so I jumped in and put him on my shoulders to take him out.

“I didn’t really think anything of it. After it, he kept saying thank you to me. It’s just what you do.

“I didn’t tell my parents, I just carried on. His parents rang my mum and dad to say thank you.”

The story struck a heartfelt chord with Cory’s dad in particular who himself had to be rescued from a mud-filled pond in Bircotes at the age of five.

Martin, a conveyor belt fitter, also has a 19-year-old daughter Jessica.

He added: “I couldn’t believe the story when I found out what Cory had done, he is so incredibly brave. He still doesn’t really realise what he has done.

“I have a guy called Darrell Wilkinson to thank for saving my life. With Cory’s story, it’s like the tables have turned because he’s saved someone’s life and over 30 years ago I had mine saved too. It’s scary how similar the stories are.

“I fell in when I was chasing after a ball and got stuck in the mud, it was also in a disused quarry like where Cory was. Darrell was around and came in to save me, I found out later that he was an ambulance cadet and he received a big award for it.

“When the other lad’s family got in touch with my wife Wendy to say thank you at how brave Cory had been, I text Cory and told him how proud I was. He text me back asking if he was in trouble!

“He’d put his own life in danger to save somebody else, that’s very momentous.”

Following the incident which happened at around 5.30pm on Tuesday, May 29, Cory told the Free Press that his school in Bircotes had told pupils not to play near water.