Forrestfield teen receives St John Ambulance award after helping grandfather who fell down a well


Joel Moore (Area Manager - St John Ambulance) with the Merit Certificate from St John Ambulance for Sebastian Harrup (14) of Forrestfield with his grandad Rod Irvine of Cloverdale.
Joel Moore (Area Manager - St John Ambulance) with the Merit Certificate from St John Ambulance for Sebastian Harrup (14) of Forrestfield with his grandad Rod Irvine of Cloverdale.

A FORRESTFIELD teenager has been awarded a merit certificate from St John Ambulance for helping his grandfather, who fell down a well.

Sebastian Harrup (14) was helping his 75-year-old grandfather, Rodney Irvine at work last month to replace a rusty bore stain control system, when his grandfather lost his footing and fell 7 metres.

Mr Irvine said he usually did not go down the wells because of his age, but foolishly agreed to do it.

“It was dangerous and I should have refused to do it, but being old and foolish I did it,” he said.

He said despite being flustered and worried, Sebastian sprung into action and called for help.

“I slipped and fell and Sebastian started to panic, but he saw two workmen nearby and asked them to help, and they used a rope to pull me out of the well,” he said.

“An ambulance and search and rescue team were called to help me, but amazingly I only had a cut on my arm and a sprained ankle.”

He said he felt lucky that he was not seriously injured and that Sebastian was there when it happened.

“The doctors at the hospital couldn’t believe I wasn’t badly injured. I feel very lucky,” he said.

“Seb did an excellent job. I would still be there if it wasn’t for him and the two gentlemen who helped.”