Trio of quick-thinking 12-year-olds save toddler's life
A MOTHER whose two-year-old son was pulled from Boambee Creek praised his rescuers saying she will be forever 'grateful' for their lifesaving actions.
The little boy was extremely lucky that three local boys, aged 12, spotted him in trouble and carried him to safety after he waded into the water by himself on Saturday around 3pm.
The toddler had wandered away from a nearby gathering of families, who were visiting Coffs Harbour for the State Junior Oz-Tag titles.
As the toddler's mother frantically searched for him, he was spotted in trouble in the creek struggling to stay afloat.
"We ran as fast as we could to help him after we saw him walking down to the water by himself," rescuer Brodie said.
"He had swallowed a lot of water and after we got him out a man ran to help," rescuer Coby said.
Paramedics were told by onlookers the man revived the child by clearing his airways ready to start CPR.
"The man put his fingers in the boy's mouth and he coughed up a lot of water," rescuer Grady said.
Realising it was her child, the mother rushed to his aid.
The toddler was transported to Coffs Harbour Hospital in a stable condition and was discharged on Sunday.
After the drama, the family of the toddler and members of the Oz-Tag group thanked the boys and the man involved in his rescue.