Kendal Flood Hero Receives Bronze Cross

Kendal flood hero Michael Ryan has received The Scout Associations Bronze Cross for his actions during last December's Storm Desmond flooding.

His own home having been flooded out, Michael was walking through floodwater to stay with another leader in Kendal when he came across the woman in difficulties on Sandylands. She had been overwhelmed by the force of the water and was being swept away. Michael entered the flooded culvert and pulled her to safety with his walking pole. His actions only came to light when the woman, who is know only as Michelle, wrote to Scout Headquarters to praise his actions. She also wrote: "I have since retraced my route and I am convinced that without the actions taken by my 'angel' I would not be here to send this letter."

The Bronze Cross, the Scouts highest award for gallantry is granted for special heroism in the face of extraordinary risk. The award was presented to Michael at a ceremony in Ambleside by the North-west Regional Commissioner Andrew Corrie, Cumbria County Commissioner Matthew Canwell, and Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria Claire Hensman.

Michael, who is Kentdale's District Commissioner, said: "To me I was just doing something because someone was in trouble."