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By Molly Burke

Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore saved the lives of three people after a boat crash while on holiday in Barbados.

The winger was enjoying a trip with his girlfriend before their boat was broken in two following a collision with a catamaran.

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Also on board were three elderly passengers, one who had just had a hip replacement, one could not swim and the other who was over 80, whom Watmore managed to haul out of the water before it sank.

It was scary, life or death. I’m lucky not to be coming back in a box,” one of the holidaymakers told The Sun.

Duncan helped everybody to get on to the boat – he couldn’t have been nicer.”

Sunderland boss David Moyes had allowed Watmore to travel to Barbados to help recover from his cruciate knee ligament injury.

The rescue had been a good test of the strength of his knee, though not one you’d plan,” the forward’s father said.

The reason behind the collision is unknown but the driver of the catamaran was taken away by police following the incident.

Prior to Watmore’s injury the England U21 international had become one of the first names on the team sheet under Moyes.

However, he will be unable to help the Black Cats in their relegation scrap with the injury keeping him out until the summer.