Hero grandad rescues Commonwealth Games legend from swimming pool


A 78-year-old West Dunbartonshire grandad has become a hero after coming to the rescue of a former Olympian.

Benjamin Scullion, 78, pulled Lachie Stewart, 75, from the bottom of a swimming pool when the Commonwealth Games gold medallist fell unconscious in the water.

Benjamin’s quick thinking saved the sporting legend who is now recovering in hospital.

Lachie Stewart won gold for Scotland at the 1970 Commonwealth Games.

The incident happened at The Meadow Centre swimming pool in Dumbarton on 2 July.

Retired shipyard boiler-maker Benjamin told the BBC: “I’ve known Lachie for a while, mostly from the baths. We’d have a chat when we met at the pool.

“I was doing my usual number of lengths and remember he was at the other end of the pool. I was chatting to someone and I don’t know what happened but he just disappeared.”

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