Russian trip led to life saving merit certificate for 16-year-old George

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HAVING spent much of his childhood on the coasts of Sark, George Magell, 16, has been progressively building on his lifesaving skills and has now been awarded with a Royal Life Saving Society certificate of merit.

This follows his journey to Russia with a select team of young lifesavers from the UK to attend USAR 2015, an urban search and rescue event held on a Russian military base designed to train young adults in rescue.

George, who lives in Sark and goes to boarding school in England, said he was with people from countries such as Iceland and Turkey, alongside many others.

'I didn't really know any of the people going, even from the UK,' he said.

'But it was new people to meet and a big challenge.'

Ranging from staging rescues from buildings to saving people from crashed trains, George said they had to work as a team and push through the language barriers to learn to use new equipment and carry out the complicated procedures.

'We did two sections a day and there would be a leader assigned for each one,' he said.

'Different teams were good at different things. Obviously we had never rescued people from trains, but the UK were really good at the life saving.'

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