Portland student pilot rescues drowning 10-year-old boy

Portland student pilot rescues drowning 10-year-old boy

Published by George Sharpe at 1:51pm 9th March 2020.

A German student pilot's rescued a 10-year old boy from drowning in a private pool complex on Portland.

Lieutenant Johannes Rolle of the German Navy noticed the boy's father desperately trying to rescue his son at a private swimming complex on Friday 21st February around midday.

The boy was trapped underwater in a pool in the sports facilities at Atlantic house.

Rolle rushed to help the boy's father try to pull him out of the pool, but they weren't successful.

Rolle ran to disable the pool's pump and raise the alarm. When he returned the father and son were both on the poolside but the boy was unconscious, had no pulse and was not breathing.

Rolle used CPR to resuscitate the boy. 

Ambulance crews arrived moments later and the boy spent the next five days in hospital. He's now fully recovered. 

Rolle will be united with the boy's parents in the coming days to thank him personally.

Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset who backed the establishment of HeliOperations on Portland said:

"This was an extraordinary act of heroism by this young man. It is our great fortune that he was one of the students being trained by HeliOps and was in the right place at the right time.

"We owe Lieutenant Rolle our gratitude. His actions were precisely in the spirit of the search and rescue missions for which he is being trained and though this was not exactly the way in which I envisaged HeliOperations benefitting South Dorset, I am delighted that they are here."