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Pub victim 'saved son from drowning
12:20pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A MUM has paid tribute to the victim of a fatal attack outside a pub after revealing he tried to save her son from drowning.
Sue Bradshaw, of St Katherine’s Way, has spoken of the ‘bravery’ of Dave Brown, who died after being punched outside Chevvys on Manchester Road.
In May 2001 he tried to save best friend Darren Bradshaw, aged 18, when he drowned in the River Mersey next to Kingsway Bridge.
Mrs Bradshaw, aged 52, said: “Dave was the only one that went in the water to save him.
“He managed to get him up onto his shoulders but there was nothing he could do.
“Dave was brave and I’ll never forget what he did.
“It’s so sad he had to lose his life in that way.”
An inquest in December 2001 gave a verdict of accidental death.
The two men were in a group of friends drinking next to the Mersey when a motorbike fell into the water.
Both were both drunk when going into the river, with Mr Bradshaw getting into difficulties and falling under the surface.
Mum-of-three Mrs Bradshaw said the fatal attack on Manchester Road last week ‘has brought everything back’.
“What happened with Dave has brought back a lot of memories,” she said.
“I can remember everything.
“I got a phone call from the police to say Darren had been lost in the water.
“They wanted me to go home but I went out to find him.
“I still think about him all the time.”
And Mrs Bradshaw, who cares full time for daughter Jade, aged 16, who has Down’s syndrome, said the tragic accident had a lasting effect on Mr Brown.
“Dave was a happy go lucky lad,” she said.
“We used to call Darren and Dave the Crazy Gang.
“Dave had to live with what happened for the rest of his life - it wasn’t fair.
“We’ll never forget how Dave tried to save Darren.”
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