Cornwall

Truro river girl reunited with her rescuer

A woman who fell into a river in Cornwall nearly 40 years ago has returned to the scene to reunite with the man who saved her.

Susan Eggerton fell into the River Allen in Truro when she was three-years-old.

Keith Stephens from Camborne, who initially thought she was a doll, plucked her out of the water.

The pair were reunited after an appeal made by Mrs Eggerton on BBC Radio Cornwall in January.

After the accident Mr Stephens became the young girl's godfather, but the pair lost touch six years later when Mrs Eggerton moved to Shropshire.

Mr Stephens answered an appeal made by Mrs Eggerton on Laurence Reed's programme on BBC Radio Cornwall.

Mrs Eggerton said: "I just wanted to say a big thank you to Keith and give him a cuddle. I wouldn't have been here if it hadn't been for him."

Mr Stephens said that when he realised it was a little girl in the water he jumped in to rescue her, breaking his leg in the process.

He said: "I ran straight across, kicked my shoes off and jumped over. I never had time to think. You were more important than that.

"I haven't forgotten one thing. The ripples were lifting you up from the water. It was full of brambles and stinging nettles.

"People were watching, gob-smacked."

He said they had both ended up in hospital.

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