Teenage hero in line for award after dramatic sea rescue

Brave teen Ben Ashworth has been put forward for a hero award by the woman he rescued from drowning.
Brave teen Ben Ashworth has been put forward for a hero award by the woman he rescued from drowning.

A hero teenager from Burnley has been nominated for a bravery award by the woman he rescued from drowning.


Ben Ashworth (14) was hailed as a “godsend” after he rescued the woman and her grandchildren who had got into difficulty in the sea at Blackpool in August.

But modest Ben, who has been put forward for the 2BR Hero Award, said he was just acting on instinct.

He said: “The lady couldn’t thank me enough, she said I saved her life but I never really thought about it, I just wanted to help.”

A student at Shuttleworth College in Padiham, the drama unfolded when Ben went to the resort to watch the annual airshow with his family.

He decided to go swimming after the show when he spotted two children and their grandmother who were struggling in the water.

Ben said: “They were being pulled further out to sea and my aunt jumped in to help the children but the lady was floating further away.

“She had a heart condition and it was cold. She was drenched when she got out and she called me a ‘Godsend’ and couldn’t thank me enough.

"She said I saved her life. I never really thought about it - I just wanted to help."

“I am quite a strong swimmer so I swam out to her and dragged her back to shore.”