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Teen helped his injured family in car smash says his quick thinking was result of Sea Cadet training

A Ballymena Sea Cadet used his training to aid his injured family after a horror car crash.

Able Cadet Lewis Allison tended his dad, Thomas, his dad's partner, Hazel Edgar, and her son, Stuart, after the two-car collision between Ballymena and Antrim on Monday.

He said he would not have responded so effectively had it not been for his Sea Cadet training.

Lewis, who is now recovering from the incident, kept Ms Edgar calm while she was trapped and lifted eight-year-old Stuart out of the vehicle.

Ms Edgar was later cut free by the emergency services.

Lewis, a 16-year-old student who has applied to join the Royal Navy Reserves, said: "My dad's partner's son is only eight years old and has cerebral palsy, so I was quite worried about him - he was first on my priority list to get out of the car in case he had a seizure.

"I lifted him out of the window to a passer-by.

"I went back for my dad, because he was in the air from the seatbelt, he had no support at all, and I helped him.

"My dad's partner said she was finding it hard to breathe because the seatbelt was round her neck, so I tried to calm her down.

"When I got out of the car, I was checking everyone was okay.

"I tried to keep everyone positive and told everyone to stay still. My thought at the time was just to make sure everyone was all right."

The crash took place on Monday on the main dual carriageway between Ballymena and Antrim.

Lewis said his training had proved invaluable.

"Looking back, it could have been much worse. If I wasn't in Sea Cadets, I wouldn't have known what to do," he added.

"What you are taught at Sea Cadets doesn't compare to what you are taught at school.

"Sea Cadets has built my confidence, and helped with positive thinking - you are always taught to think positively, and that is what I tried to do."

Ruth Verner from the Ballymena Sea Cadets Unit said that they were all extremely proud of Lewis.

"He is a fantastic cadet to have at the unit, and he is very dedicated and very good with the younger cadets, they all look up to him," she said.

"It is no surprise that he would be so selfless and demonstrate the values Sea Cadets has taught him."

She added: "There is a football tournament this Sunday, and he is still planning on playing in it.

"His dedication to the unit is to be admired."

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