Chris, 15, is a life saver

PUBLISHED: 06:01 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 15 June 2010

A COLYTON teenager saved a colleague's life just weeks into a lifesaving course.

A COLYTON teenager saved a colleague's life - just weeks into a lifesaving course.Chris Long, aged 15, of Coly Road, was working at the Tramstop cafe in Colyton when he stopped Janet Azzopardi from choking on food by using methods he had learned on the Life Saving Skills Award course.Chris, a pupil at Axe Valley Community College, where he took the course, said: "Janet was eating a scone and started choking. "It could have been serious, she could have choked. I was very worried."I hit her on her back five times until the food came up. I was relieved. Fortunately, it was one of the first things we learned. "I would definitely recommend doing a lifesaving course, if you get the opportunity. You never know when a situation like that could happen. And it could help save a life."Life-saving trainer Zoe King said: "It goes to show how important life-saving skills are."It's wonderful how these things work. We had just done a quick bit of revision on that area and then only a week later it happened. "It's really interesting the way things work out."I would definitely recommend people do a lifesaving course, especially living so close to the sea. It's good to have basic principles about how to rescue somebody in water.

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