Schoolboys commended for assisting woman and baby who fell into canal in Widnes

Seven schoolboys from Widnes have been commended by Cheshire Police after helping a woman and her baby get out of a canal.

The 39-year-old woman had jumped into the St Helens Canal after the pram her four-month-old baby was in rolled into the water whilst she was feeding ducks with her older daughter.

The woman was able to get the baby out of the canal without being submerged by the water thanks to the help of the boys, who had been playing football nearby.

The boys had been alerted to the situation when the woman's four-year-old daughter ran to get help - she was also given a commendation by Cheshire Police.

The boys called an ambulance and assisted the woman in keeping the baby warm as they waited for paramedics to arrive.

The pram fell into the water near Spike Island in Widnes. Credit: Google Maps

The boys – Tyler Moses,15, Ethan Melvin, Joe Draycott and Campbell Law, all 14, Ellis Hulme, 12, McCauley Maguire, 11, and Jacob Potter, 10, – took their coats off to keep the baby warm and also aided the paramedics at the scene.

Chief Inspector Catherine Pritchard, of Widnes Local Policing Unit, said: "The quick thinking, bravery and community spirit of the boys impressed everyone at Widnes Police Station.

"They helped to prevent this incident from becoming far more serious.

"As such, we decided that all seven boys are worthy of special commendations in recognition of their heroic actions."

Six of the boys received a Chief Inspector's Commendation for displaying "bravery and community spirit" on Monday night, Tyler Moses will get his award at a later date.