Two borough youngsters have returned from a volunteering trip as heroes, after they saved a young girl from drowning in Tanzania.
Brandon Binks and Cameron Lloyd, both 15 from North Shields, were in Africa as part of an organised trip to teach first aid , when tragedy struck.
Cameron, from Resesdale Road, said: “We were swimming in Marangu Falls when this girl got out of the water and the change in temperature made her go into shock.
“She fell back into the water and hit her head and started to fit.
“We grabbed her and pulled her out and then looked after her.”
The pair, and another youngster Marc Edwards, from Edinburgh, worked to look after the young girl and calm her family down, before then teaching first aid skills to the people who were there.
“I feel very proud of what we did,” added Cameron.
Tina Werd, who runs Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme, said: “I am so proud of them, they are being very humble but without them that little girl would not still be here today.
“They looked after the family and took care of the little girl, and they should be very proud of themselves.”
“What impressed me is that they stepped up to the mark and started teaching the guides first aid so they can help if something like that happens again.
“I felt very confident that I could leave them to deal with the situation while I arranged for transport to take the little girl to hospital.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone in North Tyneside who helped these boys to get to Tanzania in the first place.”
For more details about the project visit www.kilimanjarofirstaidcommunityprogram.com