Hero soldier recounts saving the lives of two boys at Blackpool beach

Private Michael Bunning administered CPR after seeing the youngsters being pulled from the sea.

A hero soldier has described how he saved the lives of two boys who were drowning in the sea off Blackpool beach.

Nineteen-year-old Private Michael Bunning rescued the boys, aged 12 and 14, who got into danger while he and his partner were relaxing on the beach on a hot summer's day earlier this month.

Having joined the British Army only months ago, he credited his training for helping him to save their lives.

He told Forces News: "I was just at the beach, having just a normal day at the beach in the heatwave, trying to sunbathe and have a swim.

"My partner pointed out there was some boys struggling in the water who were getting dragged out of the water.

"As soon as I heard people shouting and saw people running over, that's when I knew something serious had happened."

Springing into action and running over to the boys, he said: "My mind kind of just went blank and just went into this phase where I was just there and I was doing it."

Pte Bunning administered CPR on the boys, waiting for the emergency services to arrive.

"My partner's just glad they were OK, same as me," he humbly added.

The 14-year-old remains critical, but stable, at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children’s hospital.

The other boy's condition is described as poorly, but not critical.

Private Bunning has been praised for his actions, including by Blackpool Police's superintendent.