Anything bad happening to a child is a parents worst nightmare, but luckily for one English woman, a passerby came to her rescue, avoiding what could've been a fatal situation.
Patricia Smith was taking a walk along the Hythe canal in Kent, England when she heard frantic screaming. After locating the sound, 59-year-old Smith was horrified to discover that a woman had let go of a stroller which held her 11-month-old grandson as she tended to her dog, only for the stroller to roll down the bank and into the water.
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Smith wasted no time in acting and threw herself into a life-or-death race to the canal, and lying flat on the bank, managed to reach the handle of the carriage which was now fully submerged under the water. The child's grandmother jumped into the canal, allowing the pair to successfully retrieve the boy who had been beneath the surface for 15 seconds. Thankfully, he was unharmed. Smith was also first aid trained, so she was able to give the child a once over to check that he didn't have any injuries.
According to onlookers, several other passersby realized what was going on and offered their help, with one woman fetching a blanket to keep the baby warm. An ambulance was called to ensure that the baby was okay, while the heroine reassured the grandmother. The savior said that she was shocked by how quickly the events happened and completely understood how traumatized the boy's grandmother was. If there was no-one else around, Smith says the outcome could've been vastly different.
Now residents are calling for Hythe District Council to use money from new car parking charges to make the canal safer for everyone by putting railings up. It would do nothing to take away from the beauty of the place, they insist, but would act as a responsible and fairly inexpensive way to keep the public safe - and prevent anything like this from happening again.
Thankfully for all involved they came out unscathed - next time, others may not be so lucky.