Bonnyrigg hero saves drowning teenagers

Martin Graham, Lewis Curry and Jack Millar
Martin Graham, Lewis Curry and Jack Millar
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A Midlothian dad has been hailed a “real life superhero” after rescuing two drowning schoolboys from an ice-covered drainage pond.

Father of two Martin Graham (39) was watching television at his Bonnyrigg home on the Hopefield Estate at around 6.45pm last Thursday when his wife alerted him to terrified cries for help.

He ran outside and followed the screams until he arrived at the edge of a large, artificial basin that collects run-off surface water from the housing development.

To his horror, he realised that two boys had fallen through ice in the middle of a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS), and were up to their chests in freezing water.

He said: “The boys were frantic and screaming that they were drowning. They were panic stricken. I took off my jacket and went onto the ice but it was breaking up all around me.”

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