Paralysed man qualifies as diver

Josh Davies, 21, from Pontlliw, snapped his spinal cord in two places when a tree fell on him 18 months ago. The accident left him paralysed from the waist down, but he's already conquered a major ambition by becoming a qualified scuba diver.

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Diver overcomes paralysis to achieve dream

A man from Pontlliw who was crushed and paralysed by a falling tree is now a qualified scuba diver, just 18 months after the accident changed his life forever. 21-year-old Josh Davies, snapped his spinal cord in two places.

But he has already conquered one major ambition - learning to scuba dive. His local club has been so impressed with Josh's determination, they have been fundraising to take Josh to Lanzarote for some warm weather training. Dean Thomas reports.

Pontlliw man achieves scuba diving dream

Josh Davies, with Dai Mathias and Mark Thomas from Llwchwr British Sub-Aqua Club Credit: British Sub-Aqua Club

A man from Pontlliw who lost the use of his legs in an accident 18-months ago, has overcome his difficulties to become a qualified scuba diver.

Josh Davies, 21, was paralysed from the waist down when a tree fell on him snapping his spinal cord in two places.

Now, 18-months on from the accident on his family's farm, Josh has learned to scuba dive and is an active member of the Llwchwr branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC).

Fellow club members have been so impressed by his efforts, they've raised money to take Josh to Lanzarote for warm weather training.

Josh learned to scuba dive 18-months after being paralysed in an accident Credit: British Sub-Aqua Club

Josh said: "I used to play rugby and all sorts of sports and have always been an outdoor sort of person. I was absolutely devastated when I found out that that was it, I was paralysed and would never walk again.

"Then one day I woke up and thought I had to make the best of a bad job and get on with my life. I couldn't let it get me down. And while i'm still learning to come to terms with things and also learning how to simply survive in a wheelchair, I'm getting there and diving has certainly helped."

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