A brave girl has been hailed as a hero after jumping into a hotel pool to save a child who slipped.
Sophomore Phoebe Van Niel witnessed a toddler fall into a hotel swimming pool “without a float” while on holiday in Broome, Western Australia.
The 7-year-old boy rushed to save the girl “without hesitation”, as others around were said to have not noticed the child’s unfortunate incident.
The snap decision saved the two-year-old’s life, who, despite being shaken and crying, was not harmed in the incident.
Phoebe said: ‘She jumped into the big pool without a float, she slipped in it. 9News.
“She could have drowned, and I don’t want that to happen.”
Her mother Renae couldn’t be more proud of her young daughter.
Although initially shocked when Phoebe suddenly jumped into the pool, it was this act that alerted the adults to what was happening.
“There was a lot of panic at first,” she explains.
“But as soon as they saw that, Phoebe got her out of the water and swam to shore with her, everyone could relax a little knowing she would be fine.”
Phoebe’s years of swimming lessons gave her the confidence to jump right in and save the child.
Summer is just around the corner, parents are encouraging all families to teach their little ones how to swim.
“This is why it is so important to go and learn how to be a great swimmer,” says Renae.
The girl now has a dream of becoming a lifeguard.
In the past year alone, 339 people across Australia have died from a drowning, while another 686 involved non-fatal water, according to Royal Life Saving Australia’s annual Drowning Report.
They say each year in Australia, an average of 23 children under the age of five die from unintentional drowning, often due to factors such as a lack of adult supervision, unrestricted access to water and lack of skills. ability to stay safe in the water.
While many parents start swimming lessons from the age of six months, all children should learn to swim from about four years of age.