A Weston Hills schoolboy who broke off his journey to school to fight a life and death battle to rescue a woman driver after her car slid off the road and finished upside down in a dyke has been awarded one of the country’s top national life-saving honours.
Thomas Issitt (14), of Broadgate, Weston Hills, is to receive a Royal Humane Society testimonial on parchment for actions during the horror incident at around 8.30am on December 11 last year.
The woman, from Peterborough, lost control of her car and slid off the road in Old Fendike Road, Weston Hills.
She was trapped upside down inside and could not free herself.
Thankfully though Thomas was passing in his mother Jenny’s car on the way to school.
Mrs Issitt stopped and while she dialled 999, Thomas waded into the 3ft deep ice-cold icy water, managed to open the back door of the car and went inside it.
Once there he managed to free the woman and carry her to safety.
Speaking at the time Mrs Issitt said: “It looked like something out of an action movie. The car spun up in the air and landed face down.
“The woman was very dazed.
“Thomas actually carried her out of the dyke.
“Although he’s 14, he’s almost 6ft and plays rugby. I think she would have struggled to get out by herself.”
In addition to the award he is to receive he has also won the personal praise of Royal Humane Society secretary, Dick Wilkinson.
Speaking at the Society’s London headquarters as he announced the award he said: “Thomas was a true hero. Police said afterwards that they considered he had saved the woman’s life.
“Situations such as this present all sorts of hazards. Even though the vehicle was upside down in water there is always the danger of some sort of fire breaking out or an explosion.
“And of course there is also the chance of the vehicle settling further into the mud and water.
“Thomas paid no attention to that and got into the car with the woman to free her. He richly deserves the award he is to receive.”
No date has yet been fixed for presentation of the award, but it is expected to take place in the near future.