Rescue mum may get life-saver award
Published: September 15, 2006 | 4766th good news item since 2003
A SPALDING mum who saved her son from a submerged car and then ran more than a mile to get help could be in line for a national life-saving award.
Jo Bellars is already a regional winner in the Vodafone Life Savers’ Awards and could be on her way to meet Prime Minister Tony Blair if her story is selected as one of the ten most inspiring by a panel of celebrity judges.
Back in January Jo battled heroically against bitterly cold water and knee-deep mud to free George (8), who was trapped upside down underwater after their car crashed into North Drove Drain, near Tongue End.
George was underwater for between ten and 15 minutes and had stopped breathing when Jo finally managed to free him from the passenger seat.
She then dragged him to the bank as water filled the wreckage and gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Jo then found a group of workers dredging the river and one of them drove her back to the scene and called an ambulance.
George was flown by air ambulance to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, and despite paramedics voicing fears he may not survive both he and his mum were well enough to return to their Meadowgate Lane home the next day.
Jo, who was nominated by Lincolnshire and Notting-hamshire Air Ambulance, said: “I was very surprised. I’m just a normal mum trying to do the best for my kids. It would be nice to be picked now I’ve got this far.”
Vodaphone’s awards were launched in April to honour unsung heroes behind the country’s most remarkable rescues.
The awards were created five years ago and highlight how mobile phones have revolutionised the link between the public and emergency services when minutes matter.
Jo now joins the 25 other regional winners before the judging panel, which includes Falklands War veteran Simon Weston, Nell McAndrew and Martin Kemp.
They will choose the most inspiring ten stories.
The winners will be honoured at a ceremony in London before attending a reception at 10 Downing Street.