Yesterday I saved a little girl from drowning. It was one of those, in the right place at the right time moments.
My own kids were taking part in swimming lessons and it was one of those chaotic moments when the recreational swim was over and the swimming lessons were starting. Children were getting out of the pool as a whole swarm of children were going in for swimming lessons. Teachers were gathering their kids. Molly-Mae's teacher went to get a step for some of her little ones to stand on. Another teacher and the lifeguard were removing the rope barrier. There were little ones everywhere.
You know as a parent you become hypersensitive to the cries of kids. I heard a shout that definitely did not sound like the squeals of delight that were coming from all around me. I was in the water carrying Charlie to his class and as I span around to work out where the noise was coming from, I could see this little girl completely submerged, arms flailing and she definitely was not playing around. I don't think I've ever moved so fast! I grabbed the girl by the arm and yanked her out of the water into my arms. Holding her and Charlie close to me as she coughed, sputtered and cried. I looked around me, still no adults. Molly-Mae's teacher came back with the step and I asked her if this little girl was one of her students, she was. I handed the frightened little thing over to her teacher, grateful for the happy ending.
She had waded in to get to her regular spot and just went to far. The more she panicked the deeper she was getting. As a parent, especially with swimming, let this be a warning, never take your eyes off your child, because believe me no-one noticed her.