Two Canterbury teenagers credited with saving a driver's life have won praise from Prime Minister John Key.
Key has applauded the actions of Angus Bailey and Liam Robinson, who dragged the man unconscious from a submerged utility vehicle.
The 14-year-olds had been swimming in the Halswell River on Sunday when they heard the ute crash 100 metres away.
They cycled down and managed to drag driver Andrew Tobeck, 30, to the bank.
The boys were up to their necks in the water.
A spokesman from Key's office said the prime minister had read of the pair's "courageous actions" and was "very impressed that Angus and Liam saved the life of a fellow New Zealander in this way".
"He congratulates them for their actions," the spokesman said.
He said Key intended to write to the teenagers to acknowledge their actions, and staff were "discussing ways to appropriately recognise them".
- Fairfax Media
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