11:51AM, Thursday 01 November 2012
A proud father has praised his three sons who helped him save a woman from being dragged downstream after she fell into the Thames.
Carl Wych and his three sons; Jacob, 18, Monty, 12, and Ascot Junior School pupil Hugo, 10, used ropes to save the 30-year-old woman from the cold, fast-flowing waters near Boulters Lock in Maidenhead on Monday night.
The 65-year-old said: "The river was flowing fast that night and it was dark so the boys had to work quickly to pull her to safety.
"I'm really proud of them."
The retired HGV driver said the boys were staying on his barge, which is moored opposite the Thames Hotel in Ray Mead Road, when they heard a loud splash at about 8pm.
Using torches to search the water they soon realised someone had fallen in.
The heroic trio then followed 'man overboard' procedures, which they had learnt from their dad, to pull the woman back onto the boat using ropes.
Carl, who has lived in the Maidenhead area for five years and on the barge for two, added: "She was clearly shocked and gasping for air because the water was so cold.
"If the boys hadn't got her out when they did she could have been swept further downstream.
"The river is very cold and dangerous at this time of year, the situation could have turned out very differently. They probably saved her life."
The brothers, who live with their mum and were staying with Carl for half-term, wrapped the woman in warm blankets before calling an ambulance. She was taken to Wexham Park Hospital.
Carl added, although they don't know how the woman ended up in the water, people should take extra care when near the river.
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