A WINSFORD father-of-five who risked his life to save two children and their grandfather from drowning has been honoured with a bravery award.
Former Willow Wood and Verdin High School pupil Allan Dixon will be awarded a certificate of commendation by the Royal Humane Society for the courageous act during his family holiday in Anglesey.
His wife Lynsey and three youngest children Danielle, 15, Alex, 11, and Ryan, three, were on the beach with Allan, a HGV driver, last summer when screams came from the water.
Allan, 40, said: 'We saw two adults in the water trying to attract attention. I then looked out to sea and saw a dinghy. I immediately realised something was wrong so I grabbed my dinghy and off I went.'
When Allan reached the spot a quarter of a mile out to sea he found two children in two dinghies with their grandfather clinging on to one of them.
He said: 'I transferred one of the boys into my dinghy and held the man out of the water.
'I was going to stay with them until a lifeboat came but I noticed the man was having breathing difficulties so decided to row back to shore, with the other dinghies, against the tide.'
Allan returned everyone to shore and then realised the man was having an asthma attack. He was treated by paramedics and the parents were reunited with their young boys.
Allan's eldest daughter Danielle nominated him for the Royal Humane Society award and he won the commendation last Friday.
He said: 'They are sending me the certificate in due course. It would be really nice to know how the family is doing now but we do not have their contact details, all we know is they are from Liverpool.'
Lynsey added: 'I was terrified for my husband. It is always the hero who ends up getting hurt but he saw two children in trouble and did not give it a second thought.
'That is what he is like. We are all very proud of him.'
Allan now lives in Crewe but mum and dad Beryl and John Dixon still live in Winsford, as do his two eldest sons. Beryl, of Dee Way, said: 'He rang us after it happened and we couldn't believe it! He was so brave and all of us are very, very proud of him.'