A GROUP of quick-thinking pupils have been praised for coming to the rescue of a fellow student when he suffered a nasty fall in the Derbyshire Dales.
Fourteen-year-old William Hobbs got into difficulty on a two-day excursion with school friends and teachers as part of their Duke of Edinburgh weekend.
The Year Ten group, who attend The Mosslands in Wallasey, put what they had learnt into action.
William got into difficulty while approaching the final check point. Tired and carrying all his equipment he found himself falling down an old railway embankment in Biggin Village.
The youngster, from Wallasey, suffered a deep cut to his knee and was unable to move. But six of his school friends took charge, administered first aid, kept William warm with extra layers and kept him talking, keeping him alert and in high spirits, while they contacted teacher and D of E supervisor Glyn Jones.
Mr Jones said: “I talked the boys through what they should be doing and found they had kept the situation under control and carried out the whole procedure correctly.
“I then asked them for a six figure grid reference so they could be located whilst two of the boys headed to the final check point to meet another teacher.”
An air ambulance took William for treatment at Royal Derby Hospital, accompanied by English teacher Jeremie Le Normand.
William’s parents are extremely proud of the way in which he coped with the accident and for his fighting spirit to quickly return back to school to be with his friends.
The school presented all the boys with an award and letters of praise as a thank you for their achievements.
Headteacher Adrian Whiteley added: “We are very proud of all the students who each acted very responsibly under pressure. They did not panic and responded with extreme composure, keeping the incident under control and William comfortable and warm.
“On behalf of all the staff at our school I would like to commend the students for their outstanding bravery and confidence they have shown in the early stages on the Duke of Edinburgh programme.”
Staff and students are planning to show their appreciation for the Air Ambulance team by hosting a number of fundraising activities to help raise money for the charity.