Following the heroic lifesaving actions of young Frank Emsley, after a pool incident on holiday last October, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has awarded him their ‘Young Persons Certificate of Commendation’. 

Widely reported by national and regional media* at the time; Frank was quickest to react when he spotted a young girl in trouble in the hotel pool, on a last-minute family holiday in October half-term. 

RLSS UK’s ‘Young Person’s Certificate of Commendation’ is awarded to those people under 18, who exemplify the quick-thinking and courage it takes to take action, and save a life. 

“Frank was only nine-years-old when he saved this little girl’s life, that’s something that will stay with him and with her, for the rest of their lives,” explains Lee Heard, RLSS UK’s Director of Charity. 

“For such a young person to spot the incident, then have the confidence and courage to help the girl and immediately call for help, deserves huge praise. 

“RLSS UK believes that you’re never too young or too old to learn lifesaving skills and, in doing so, you become an everyday hero - ready to respond whenever and wherever an emergency situation occurs. 

“It was an honour and a delight to meet Frank when we did our video call presentation, he’s a credit to his family and his community.” 

Mum, Sarah, has confirmed the certificate will form part of a scrapbook she’s compiling for Frank, to commemorate the richly-deserved praise he has received, for his actions. 

We’re all looking forward to getting out and about again, until then, why not learn how you and your family can enjoy water safely, with RLSS UK’s Lifesaver-Lifechanger toolkit. It’s totally FREE, click here to access now!

* Examples of coverage

https://www.metro.news/hero-frank-9-saves-girl-drowning-in-holiday-pool/2234905/

https://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/18877114.antrobus-boy-saves-drowning-girl-tenerife-swimming-pool/