Mystery hero revealed after family appeal to find him

Bradley Bastian, 18, is the mystery life-saver
Bradley Bastian, 18, is the mystery life-saver
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The mystery hero who rescued a seven-year-old from drowning says his size 13 feet helped him swim the boy to safety.

Jake Howard fell into Stoke Bruerne Canal at the Village at War event a fortnight ago, while enjoying a day out with his five-year-old brother Rhys and his grandparents.

18 year old Bradley Bastian from Heelands, Milton Keynes, saved the life of a boy drowning in the canal at Stoke Bruerne.'He was having a picnic with his family when he noticed the 7 year old boy was in trouble.'Photos by: Kelly Cooper NNL-140210-171107009

18 year old Bradley Bastian from Heelands, Milton Keynes, saved the life of a boy drowning in the canal at Stoke Bruerne.'He was having a picnic with his family when he noticed the 7 year old boy was in trouble.'Photos by: Kelly Cooper NNL-140210-171107009

Jake, who lives in Harpole, slipped as he ran to watch the Spitfires flyover but quick-thinking Bradley Bastian, 18, saw that Jake could not swim so dived in to fish the youngster out.

Bradley said: “I’ve got size 13 feet so I’m a pretty strong swimmer.

“I was in the Scouts, so I have done a bit of first aid and I did plenty of sports at school.”

Jake’s mum Gemma Caple appealed for her son’s rescuer to come forward because Bradley walked away to dry himself off.

She appealed for him to get in touch and the story was circulated to 100,000 people on Facebook.

Keen skateboarder Bradley, who lives in a caravan in Heelands, Milton Keynes, had no idea there was an appeal to trace him until a friend sent him an email about the story this week.

Bradley said: “Me and my dad were just sitting by the canal, by one of the locks, and we were having a chat.

“We just heard this splash and everyone looked around.

“We realised someone had gone under so we turned round and ran towards him.

“When I saw him under the water I just jumped in, I was fully clothed.

“When I got him out, dad took him over to his family - I guess he didn’t get a chance to say anything to me.”

Mr Bastian, who is 6ft 3inches, was invited to Village at War event by his dad Salvador.

He said he jumped in to grab Jake, who is a pupil at Hopping Hill Primary School pupil, out of impulse as he had no time to think.

But Mrs Caple would like to get the chance to thank Bradley for his bravery and buy him a drink.

She said: “I just really want to let him know I’m so grateful and I would like to buy him a drink.

“I think that’s the least I can do.

“At the end of the day, there’s a lot of people that would have seen Jake fall in and thought: ‘I’m not going in’.

“It was very brave and I am very glad there was someone there willing to get Jake out.”