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Honour for 'heroic teenager'
Jordan drowned after falling from a pier
Jordan drowned after falling from a pier
A County Down teenager who tried in vain to save his friend from drowning is to receive a prestigious bravery award.

David Hackett, 14, will be honoured for his attempts to rescue Jordan Murdock in Killough in January this year.

The boys had been playing on the pier when Jordan fell into the sea.

David jumped in after him and managed to grab hold of him several times, but the boys were driven apart by the waves and Jordan drowned.

David was pulled to safety by his family.

The award is being made by the Royal Humane Society.

The society has described him as "a remarkable friend and hero".

In March, Jordan's parents presented a new lifeboat for the area in his memory.

Jordan had moved to Killough with his family from south Belfast last year.

Coastguards said the search for the teenager, which involved all the emergency services, community volunteers and divers, was the biggest ever of its kind in Northern Ireland.

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