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Passerby Saves 4 Year Old from Drowning in Swansea

Date
16/08/2014
What Happened
Person overboard/swept away/fell in the water
What Caused
Human factor
Casualty type/Qty
N/A
Gender
Male
Causal Factors
Inexperienced for the environment
Injury Details
N/A
Outcome
Near miss
Alcohol/Drugs
N/A

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Description of Incident
A passerby who saved a four-year-old boy from drowning said he feared they would die in the rescue.

Mark Hopkins, 50, from Port Tennant, jumped fully clothed into the Old Prince of Wales dock, Swansea Marina, when the child plunged 6ft (1.8m) into the freezing water. He said the terrified boy pulled him under the water three or four times, and the temperature sapped his energy.

Fortunately, an onlooker threw them a life ring and pulled them to safety. The incident happened at around 17:00 BST on Saturday.

Mr Hopkins, a chef, said he was about to have a meal at a pub on the waterfront when he heard the boy's mother screaming: I could see the boy two feet under the water, I dropped my mobile phone and just dived in.

"I cannot watch a kid drown, you've got to do something."
Supporting Information
http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Dad-s-heroics-earn-Swans-tickets/story-22765935-detail/story.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-28838033

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