Teenager earns Lifesaver of the Year honour

The Kellogg's ASA Swimtastic Awards - Saturday 5th November 2011 - Ponds Forge, Sheffield - RLSS Lifesave of the Year - James Johnson with Nick Robinson-Baker (GBR Diver)
The Kellogg's ASA Swimtastic Awards - Saturday 5th November 2011 - Ponds Forge, Sheffield - RLSS Lifesave of the Year - James Johnson with Nick Robinson-Baker (GBR Diver)
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TEENAGER James Johnson from Stowmarket is a real lifesaver – and that’s official.

He has been crowned the Royal Life Saving Society’s Lifesaver of the Year after three rescues which could have prevented near-certain deaths.

He was nominated for the annual award because of his outstanding lifesaving skills and awareness carried out during his role as a swimming teacher in Ipswich.

It meant the 18-year-old was invited to a glamorous ‘Oscar-style’ ceremony in Sheffield, hosted by former Olympian Steve Parry, and attended by the cream of British swimming, diving, synchro and water polo.

In the past 20 months James has been directly involved in saving the lives of two people.

At the age of 16, he saved a man who went into cardiac arrest poolside. And he has twice rescued the same epileptic who has suffered seizures in the pool.