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Shining example; RECORD VIEW.

FROM hug-a-hoodie to Generation Sext, much has been written about the complex lives of today's young people.

Too often derided as vacuous social media obsessives, the reality is that socially and emotionally our children are coming of age in uncharted waters.

Through Facebook and Twitter our world is interconnected like never before.

It is a brave new world for our children but one that brings its own pitfalls. And so amid the relentless chatter about the "youth of today" it is heartwarming to read about quick-thinking mariner Andrew Paton.

When a freak wave knocked his grandad Sandy Malcolm overboard into the freezing waters of Lower Loch Fyne, the 13-year-old from Argyll was alert to the danger.

Plucky Andrew immediately killed the propellers which could have cut Sandy to ribbons before lassoing a rope round his body keeping him afloat. Rescuers arrived 30 minutes later after Andrew delivered co-ordinates with pinpoint accuracy.

To receive the Chief Coastguard's Commendation at a special ceremony was no more than the second-year pupil deserves.

His bravery is an inspiration to all.

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Title Annotation:News; Opinion; Columns
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 2, 2015
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