Angela Whittingham, who was on holiday with her parents, had to be given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after she had been spotted struggling going under. Eric Roberts was one of two men who helped to save the young girl’s life and her family have been full of praise for the pair.
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 3.54pm yesterday, Sunday July 20, to the beach in Aberffraw after a child had been recovered from the water.
“A crew in an emergency ambulance attended together with a Wales Air Ambulance, and a two-year-old girl was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor in a stable condition.”
Mr Whittingham, father of Angela, said: “It was like watching a movie. I was numb. She was taken to A&E and needed oxygen. It was only when they moved her to the ward that she regurgitated the last of the sea water.
“I can’t thank Eric and Oswyn enough. They’ve saved my daughter’s life and given me the ultimate gift.”
Mr Roberts, of Aberffraw , said: “I could see a little girl in the water, and she seemed to be swimming. I then realised she was struggling and was going under. I jumped from the jet ski and into the water. Her lips and her skin had turned blue. I lifted her straight out of the water, turned her upside down and hit her on the back.
“Lots of water came out of her mouth and there was froth coming out of her mouth and nose. She had swallowed a lot of water and I thought we’d lost her.”
It was thanks to this act that young Angela is with us today. If you see someone in water in danger, think about the dangers and assist if you can.
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