Petty Officer Jon Thornber, based at HMS Collingwood, who saved an elderly couple after a house explosion in Portsmouth (Picture: HMS Collingwood/Twitter).
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Royal Navy hero credits military training after saving elderly couple from explosion

Petty Officer John Thornber attributed his fast actions to his Royal Navy training.

Petty Officer Jon Thornber, based at HMS Collingwood, who saved an elderly couple after a house explosion in Portsmouth (Picture: HMS Collingwood/Twitter).

A Royal Navy sailor who saved an elderly couple after an explosion at a house in Portsmouth has said "he did what needed to be done".

Petty Officer Jon Thornber, based at HMS Collingwood, rescued the pair after hearing an explosion on his road.

After finding a man in the garden of the house, PO Thornber went back into the flaming building to save an elderly woman.

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The Navy hero attributed his fast actions to his Royal Navy training.

He told The News in Portsmouth: "I just did what needed to be done and I didn't give it a second thought.

"I used my Royal Navy training to keep the victims calm, coherent and as comfortable as possible and tried to get as much information from them to hand over to the ambulance service."

In a post on Twitter, HMS Collingwood paid "high praise" to PO Thornber, adding that he "truly" is a hero.

PO Thornber has since been contacted by local police, and could now potentially be nominated for a community bravery award.