About 1.30am on Sunday, August 14, my grandson Kaleb Morley and his friend Findlay Perry both aged 16, were in the lounge of Kaleb’s house in First Avenue, Worthing. They were playing on the computer when they heard a noise that sounded like running water. The boys had got back late from the cinema and once home, Kaleb’s mother went to bed. His sister and grandparents were already asleep.
The boys went to investigate the noise and found that a water pipe had burst in the kitchen and there was a lot of water on the floor.
The electricity cut out and Kaleb went upstairs to wake his mother.
He also went to check on his grandmother.
She has been poorly for some time and is on oxygen. Kaleb noticed the oxygen machine was not working and immediately called the fire service and then the paramedics.
The fire service attended and were at the house within minutes. The paramedics talked to his mother advising her how to switch from the machine to a cylinder, which fortunately they had as a standby.
Had Kaleb and Findlay not taken immediate action, the situation could have been so much worse.
Had the boys gone to bed they and no one else would had heard the water and the whole of the ground floor could have been water damaged. However, the most important thing was that he saved his grandmother’s life. Without the oxygen she could have died.
The family are all extremely proud of the boys. People are too quick to condemn the youth of today but Kaleb and Findlay showed maturity, presence of mind and responsibility when needed, and they are both to be praised and commended for their quick actions.
Mill Road Avenue
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