A group of teenage boys helped get their friend airlifted to Alder Hey after he suffered a serious injury and started bleeding heavily.

Connor McManus 14, Harley Molyneux, 13, Bradley Poyser, 12, and Cori-Lee McCarthy, 13, were out on their BMXs over the St Helens landmark known as the Mucky Mountains when Cori-Lee came off this bike.

Cori-Lee tried to "laugh off" the injury at first, but when he looked down he could see he was bleeding heavily.

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His friends, from Newton-Le-Willows, immediately called 999 and the call handler advised the group to download the What3Words app to get a precise location of the emergency.

The teens helped stem the bleeding on their friend's injury and when ambulance crews arrived, they helped them by bringing medical equipment to Cori-Lee, who was airlifted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where he spent three days.

The group were told that he would have faced "life-threating injuries" if it hadn’t had been for their "quick-thinking" back in April.

After hearing about the boys' heroic efforts, St Helens Council Deputy Leader and Newton-le-Willows ward councillor, Sev Gomez-Aspron MBE, nominated the group for a North West Ambulance Service ‘Life Saver’ and Mayor of St Helens Borough ‘Good Citizen’ award.

A cheque for £200 is also going to the North West Air Ambulance charity after a local crowdfunding appeal.

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Speaking at a presentation ceremony in St Helens Town Hall on Friday, July 30, Councillor Gomez-Aspron MBE, said: "After hearing about what happened, I wanted to ensure the boys were recognised for their outstanding clear mindedness and quick thinking.

"The response from the public to congratulate them was huge, and to be able to present £200 back to the air ambulance charity was fantastic.

Connor McManus 14, Harley Molyneux, 13, Bradley Poyser, 12 and Cori-Lee McCarthy, aged 13, from Newton Le Willows, alongside Mayor of St Helens Borough, Sue Murphy and Robert Hussey, NWAS Community Resuscitation Manager
Connor McManus 14, Harley Molyneux, 13, Bradley Poyser, 12 and Cori-Lee McCarthy, 13, from Newton Le Willows, alongside Mayor of St Helens Borough, Sue Murphy and Robert Hussey, NWAS Community Resuscitation Manager

"Having grown up in Newton-le-Willows and played in the same place as the accident happened when we were kids, I can’t imagine how daunting the situation was.

"I hope the rest of the school holidays for the lads is a little bit quieter."

After presenting the group with their Good Citizen certificate, Councillor Sue Murphy, Mayor of St Helens Borough, said: "When I was told what happened, I thought we had to do something, so It was an honour to present these awards to a group of young men who have done an absolutely outstanding job in helping to save their friend’s life. Their families must be so proud."

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Robert Hussey, Community Resuscitation Manager, presented the certificates on behalf of North West Ambulance Service.

He said: "It’s great to hear a story like this, and only right that we commend their actions. Bradley, Harley and Conner were incredibly brave and acted with calmness and maturity. It would have been easy for them to panic with the accident happening so far from help.

"Not only were they able to call for assistance, but they help stem the bleeding on Cori-Lee’s injury, and then went to meet ambulance crews and aided them in bring medical equipment to their friend.

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"I know their families are incredibly proud, and I’m sure the wider community will be too. Well done."

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