Leicester

Man given honour for saving canal fall boy in Leicester

A Leicester man who dived into a canal to save a drowning child has been awarded a top city honour for bravery.

David Hamer, 24, of Anstey Heights, was named Honoured Citizen of the Year after he saved the life of a two-year-old boy who had fallen into a canal.

Mr Hamer heard Gemma Butler's screams after her son Michael fell into the Grand Union canal in Belgrave in July 2010.

He jumped into the canal to save the boy even though he is not able to swim.

Doctors said the boy, who was not breathing and whose lips had gone blue, was moments away from death before he was rescued.

Mr Hamer was given his award at a ceremony in Leicester on 26 April.

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