01 June 2005

Belfast Telegraph

Drowning victim's family welcome award to heroic pal
'David was brave risking his own life'


By Michael McHugh
newsdesk@belfasttelegraph.co.uk
01 June 2005


Jordan Murdock

The family of a Co Down drowning victim have welcomed news that a heroic friend who tried to save him is to be honoured for his bravery.

Police in Downpatrick will be presenting a Royal Humane Society Bravery Award to David Hackett (14), this evening after he attempted to rescue his friend, 14-year-old Jordan Murdock, from drowning in Killough Bay on January 11, 2004.

The short ceremony will take place in the St Patrick's Centre in Downpatrick.

The teenager was with friends at Killough harbour when he fell in.

Chief Constable Hugh Orde recommended David for the award and Jordan's uncle, Jim Murdock, said the family was pleased.

"What David did was exceptionally brave.

"He risked his own life in trying to save Jordan and we welcome this award," he said.

David dived into the sea and attempted to rescue his friend who was swept out into the bay.

Major General David Pennefather, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, last October said he had made a "selfless" attempt to save life.

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