I Saved Our Fred from Drowning; Exclusive

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I Saved Our Fred from Drowning; Exclusive


Byline: By RYAN PARRY, US Correspondent

THE guard who rescued Freddie Flintoff from the sea during his infamous bender yesterday revealed he feared the all-rounder could have drowned.

Kieran Gustave arrived at the beach to find sozzled Freddie losing his battle to stay afloat after plunging off a pedalo.

Kieran, 28, said grimly: "He was swallowing a lot of water and was alone. Each time he tried to stand up, he fell down.

"He looked in real trouble. If wasn't there I don't know what would have happened. I think he could have drowned."

Star Freddie, returning from an eight-hour booze binge, was so legless he barely seemed to notice when he toppled from the vessel.

Kieran added: "A big wave came and capsized the pedalo.

"But he just fell in the water with his arms by his side and didn't even react.

"It was only waist-deep but he could not keep himself up.

"He was going from side to side and the waves were knocking him around."

By now the startled security man, on nightwatch at the team's St Lucia hotel, had leapt into the waves to try to save him.

The dad-of-one - who did not recognise the star - added: "It took me a couple of minutes to get to him.

"He's a big guy, so I had to grab him really hard by his arm to keep him up and pull him towards the shore."

However, the shamed star was still so plastered that his lucky escape in last Saturday's 4am escapade hardly seemed to sink in - and he did not say a word to his rescuer.

Kieran went on: "We walked out of the water side by side. …

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