Schoolboy from Lliswerry, Newport, Caleb Meates is hailed a hero after beach rescue

South Wales Argus: Liswerry pupil Caleb Meates 13, who has been hailed a hero following a dramatic beach rescue Liswerry pupil Caleb Meates 13, who has been hailed a hero following a dramatic beach rescue

A NEWPORT schoolboy has been hailed a hero by his teachers for helping a fellow youngster who got into distress on a cliff face at the beach.

Thirteen-year-old Caleb Meates was visiting Porthcawl with his mother and grandparents last month when he heard someone calling for help from the rocks.

He went to investigate and found a 12-year-old boy who had fallen two or three metres down the cliff while walking his dog and was unable to move.

The Lliswerry High School pupil dialled 999 and, prompted by the operator, talked to the boy to keep him calm and asked him questions to ascertain whether he had neck or spine injuries.

"His parents were at the top of the cliff and found the dog walking without him," explained Caleb, a former Cub Scout who earned two medical badges.

"He was really frightened and shocked. I knew he should stay still, I just tried to keep him calm."

Because of the precarious location where the boy had fallen, paramedics had to come in by helicopter and Caleb helped them to carry their equipment before the boy was taken away to hospital.

"His dad shook my hand and thanked me for helping," said Caleb.

Head of year 9, Grace Townsend praised Caleb, saying: "We are very proud of him," while head teacher Alyson Mills said Caleb was "a Lliswerry hero".

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8:22am Mon 7 Jul 14

pinkgirl23 says...

Well done caleb. Nice to see a positive story about a young person doing good. Hope this story rubs off on some other local youths. School and parents must be proud.
Well done caleb. Nice to see a positive story about a young person doing good. Hope this story rubs off on some other local youths. School and parents must be proud. pinkgirl23
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11:08am Mon 7 Jul 14

displayed says...

"12-year-old boy who had fallen two or three metres down the cliff while walking his dog"

What was a 12 yr old doing walking his dog and his parents nearby?

Duty of care anyone!.............
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"12-year-old boy who had fallen two or three metres down the cliff while walking his dog" What was a 12 yr old doing walking his dog and his parents nearby? Duty of care anyone!............. ........... displayed
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12:54pm Mon 7 Jul 14

ollie72 says...

Well done Caleb!

Nice to see some positive news stories about kids - just shows they're not all the thugs and wasters that the media portrays...
Well done Caleb! Nice to see some positive news stories about kids - just shows they're not all the thugs and wasters that the media portrays... ollie72
  • Score: 22

1:11pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Hevsym says...

Fabulous! how proud Caleb's family must be of him (although I do woner what a 12 year old was doing on a clifftop walking a dog alone).
Fabulous! how proud Caleb's family must be of him (although I do woner what a 12 year old was doing on a clifftop walking a dog alone). Hevsym
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5:24pm Tue 8 Jul 14

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Hevsym wrote:
Fabulous! how proud Caleb's family must be of him (although I do woner what a 12 year old was doing on a clifftop walking a dog alone).
Sfunny thats what I asked and gotta load of negs, ah well, as long as the question gets asked............
[quote][p][bold]Hevsym[/bold] wrote: Fabulous! how proud Caleb's family must be of him (although I do woner what a 12 year old was doing on a clifftop walking a dog alone).[/p][/quote]Sfunny thats what I asked and gotta load of negs, ah well, as long as the question gets asked............ displayed
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