FEARLESS Jordan McGhin was today hailed hero after diving into the sea to rescue a stricken schoolgirl.
The 12-year-old was battered by waves and braved bitter temperatures to swim to the rescue of the teenager, who was in danger of being dragged under the water by strong currents.
Jordan, a pupil at Seaham School of Technology, was swimming near Seaham beach when he saw the girl fall backwards off a sea wall.
“I was by the water in my wetsuit when I saw her go in.
“I didn’t see exactly how it happened, but I could see she was struggling.
“I could tell she was in trouble.
“At the time, I didn’t think what I was doing. I just jumped in and tried to get to her as quickly as I could.”
Eventually reaching the panic-stricken 13-year-old, who was at risk of being swept farther out to sea, Jordan, from Seaham, began swimming back to shore with her.
“I grabbed her and set off back again,” he said.
“I managed to get to a rock and one of my friends threw in a float to help us.
“I was shouting for someone to call an ambulance. I didn’t know if she was hurt or not.”
The dazed girl was taken to hospital, although she had no serious injuries.
“She was very cold and she looked a bit shaken up,” said Jordan. “Luckily, she was okay though.
“The police and the ambulance turned up and she was taken to hospital.
“It was all over in a few minutes.”
Mum Natalie Peacock, 35, said she was left stunned when she first heard about her son’s heroics.
“I couldn’t believe it at first. I had no idea.
“He goes down to the beach quite a bit to go swimming with his friends when the weather is nice.
“I thought he was joking when he told me about what had happened.
“It took a while to sink in.”
But the care assistant said she was proud of his actions last Tuesday afternoon.
And staff at his school handed him a special bravery award.
“I think it was amazing,” said the mother-of-four.
“The sea was quite rough at the time, so it can’t have been easy for him. The waves were going over the top of him.
“Everybody has been saying he is a hero and how brave he was.
“He’s had lots of messages put on his Facebook page and the kids at school have been talking about it.”
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