A four-year-old boy is being heralded as a hero after he rescued his two-year-old sister from drowning in the family pool.
The siblings’ mom, Laura Forrester of Tennessee in the US, said the incident happened very quickly and that her children had been in her sight just five minutes earlier, PEOPLE reports.
While Laura’s back was turned, Andie (2) managed to get around the security measures installed around the backyard pool and accidentally fell in.
The little girl struggled to stay afloat but fortunately her brother, Gray, was there to save her.
“She was doggy-paddling . . . I grabbed her tummy. I was trying to lift her so she could breathe,” now five-year-old Gray told local media.
The mom-of-two said she was shocked when Andie walked up to her and told her she’d fallen into the pool, TODAY reports.
“Andie walked up and was like, ‘I falled in the pool, I falled in the pool!’ She was soaking wet and then I looked at Gray and he was soaking wet and I just panicked,” she recalled.
“I flashed forward so many times on how it happened so fast, ‘cause they’d just been with me not even five minutes before.”
Laura said the incident scared her because she thought she’d taken all necessary precautions.
“We installed the safety fence and the kids knew never to go out there without an adult or babysitter,” she said.
“We installed beeps on the doors. We thought we’d taken all the precautions.”
Laura has since enrolled her daughter in swimming classes.
“[I hope] if people hear this story and they live close to the water, a lake or a pool or whatever, that they’d consider signing up for this class because no matter what precautions you take, it can still happen.”