A teenager has been praised for risking his life to rescue two young boys from the River Boyne, Co Meath.

Callum Keane, who is 16,  jumped into the river after seeing the two 11-year-olds had got into difficulties. 

The Chairman of Meath River Rescue said there are not many teenagers that would have done the same.

Christopher Rennicks also advised people not to enter the river because they do not know what is in it. 

He said it as a dangerous river and described the particular part of the Boyne where the rescue occurred as particularly dangerous, saying it is 8 or 9ft deep at that point.

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Mr Rennicks said that his rescue was some achievement for a young person.

Mr Rennicks paid tribute to Callum saying: "He is an amazing chap to do what he did.

"Our message to everyone is to stay away from the water, it is too dangerous. It could have been a lot worse."

Callum's parents say they are very proud of him because his instant reaction was to protect the boys before himself.

His mother Claudine Coffey said that her son probably did put himself in danger and they could be waking up to a different story today. 

Callum Keane said his phone has been "hopping"

But she believes that swimming lessons that he took as a child really stood to him in this situation.

Ms Coffey said that her son is interested in doing some sort of life-saving course now. 

She said that it also highlights the work that rescue services do and added that when they are needed they are a really vital part of the community. 

She said that Callum's girlfriend had a huge part to play in the rescue as well and remained very calm during the whole situation as well. 

Callum told RTÉ's Morning Ireland that he was out walking with his girlfriend yesterday evening when he heard a boy screaming for help. 

He said he could see the boy's friends in distress on the bank of the river and said "my first instinct was to jump in and try to help him".

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Callum explained that he found one boy stuck in the reeds in the river.

He said: "he seemed to be trying to get to his friend to try and help him ... I had to stomp the weeds down for him and he got out easily enough".

A second boy he saw was "really frightened" and he managed to reach him as he "seemed to be standing on a big stone as his head was above water".

He said, "I had to carry the other fella over my shoulder and carry him out to the bank" and took him to safety through a gap in the weeds.

Callum said: "He was a bit in shock, was really shaking, but he and his friends were really grateful".

He added: "Fair play to him, I don't know how he wasn't swept away as the current was really strong".

Callum told the programme that what he learned in swimming lessons he had taken when he was young "definitely helped and stuck with me".

He said an ambulance and gardaí were arriving on the scene as he got to the bank of the river.

He said his phone has been "hopping all night and all day ... I wasn't expecting it".

It is understood the two young boys were taken by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, to be checked over.