Private Michael Bunning who performed CPR on two teenage boys after they had been pulled out of the sea
Private Michael Bunning, aged 19, gave CPR to the pair after they were pulled out of the sea in Blackpool (Picture: British Army).
Army

New soldier uses Army training to save the lives of two boys

Private Michael Bunning who performed CPR on two teenage boys after they had been pulled out of the sea
Private Michael Bunning, aged 19, gave CPR to the pair after they were pulled out of the sea in Blackpool (Picture: British Army).

A teenage soldier who joined the British Army just months ago has credited his training for helping to save the lives of two teenage boys.

Private Michael Bunning, aged 19, gave CPR to the pair after they were pulled out of the sea in Blackpool.

The two boys, aged 12 and 14, found themselves in difficulty while swimming before being rescued by two teenage girls.

Pte Bunning, a driver with 3 Medical Regiment, said he "ran over" after his partner had spotted them being rescued.

"At first, I was only aware of the younger boy," he said.

"I calmed people down and asked them to give me some space. I started giving CPR and he came around quite quickly.

Private Michael Bunning, who performed CPR on two teenage boys after they had been pulled out of the sea
Pte Bunning said he "couldn't have done it" without his British Army training (Picture: British Army).

"It was then that I was made aware of the other boy, so I put the first in the recovery position and started working on the other."

He carried on with the CPR until paramedics arrived, with the boys starting to breathe again a few minutes later

"It was stressful, but my training just kicked in," Pte Bunning said.

"It's amazing the training we get, and we are constantly refreshing. I couldn't have done it without that."

The 14-year-old remains in critical but stable condition in at Alder Hay Children's Hospital, Liverpool whilst the 12-year-old's condition is described as poorly but not critical after being taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

A North West Ambulance Service spokesperson commended Michael's actions and "providing immediate care for the boys".

"In situations like this, every minute matters, and it sounds like his intervention was crucial on this occasion," they said.

Superintendent Chris Hardy, of Blackpool Police, said he has "no doubt" if it wasn't for the actions of both Pte Bunning and the teenage girls, "we would have been dealing with at least one fatality".

"I wish to commend the response of those involved whose heroic actions helped prevent what could have been a far worse and tragic outcome," Superintendent Hardy.