Thanks to a spirit of bravery and thinking quickly on his feet, a 10-year-old boy saved his little sister from drowning after she slipped out of her tube in a neighbor's swimming pool. While enjoying a day of fun in the sun, Carson Lewis suddenly saw his 5-year-old sister Hailee at the bottom of the pool, and instead of screaming and panicking, he dove into the water, brought her to the surface, and placed her on the edge of the pool.
The incident happened a month ago, but earlier this week, Carson was honored by his local fire rescue department for saving his sister's life -- something he says he would do all over again if he had to. (Aww!)
Take a look at this video clip to hear more about this amazing kid.
Wow. His parents must be so incredibly proud of him. And can you even begin to imagine how the mom who was with Carson and Hailee at the time of the accident must feel? I mean, she only turned her back on the kids in the water for a second -- but it was still enough time for Hailee to sink to the bottom of the pool.
Man. I feel for her. And you should too. How many times have you turned your back for "just a split second" while around water with your kids? We've all done it, but what happened to Hailee serves as an important reminder that a quick second is all it takes for something terrible to happen.
When it comes to kids and swimming pools, we have to be extra diligent about watching them like hawks to prevent any sort of emergency from happening. Even something as small as taking a phone call, sending a quick text, or hopping out of the pool to go grab towels could prove to be a dangerous move -- as far-fetched as that might sound.
Oh, and another lesson we can learn from this story? We should never rely on flotation devices to keep younger kids who don't know how to swim safe in the water. Yes, they make swimming more enjoyable until they learn how to stay afloat on their own -- but they aren't foolproof, and they certainly aren't life preservers.
Swimming pools provide so much fun and relief from the heat in the summer months -- but they are no joke, and nothing quite takes the place of a parent's watchful eye when it comes to keeping our kids safe.
What do you do to make sure your kids swim safely?
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