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Girl, 8, saves tot from drowning
7:30am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
A YOUNGSTER from Linford became an splash hit after she saved the life of a drowning toddler.
Eight-year-old Connie McTaggart was on a family holiday in Majorca, but as she was in the swimming pool she noticed a little girl the other side of the pool sink below the surface.
Connie, realising the danger she was in, swam across to the youngster and pulled her to the surface.
The girl’s mouth and eyes were wide open, but Connie carried her to the pool’s edge before shouting to her mum for help.
Mum Paula Gracey said the tot, aged about two, was limp and her lips were blue.
She blew into her face after which she started coughing up water.
Miss Gracey then took the girl to her mum, who had not seen the incident. It is thought they were also English tourists.
Connie, who studies at St Joseph Catholic School in Stanford-le-Hope, has not had any first aid training, but said she just knew what to do when the moment arose.
She said: “I saw the girl in the pool and then she went under the water and didn’t come back up. I swam over and pulled her up so she could breathe again.
“I wanted to help someone in trouble. I feel really good I was able to save her and am glad she is OK.
“My mum and dad are really proud and I am looking forward to telling my teachers and friends what I did.”
Miss Gracey, from East Tilbury Road, said: “Connie was so brave and calm in the whole thing. We are so proud. I am telling everyone about what a hero she is.
“That little girl would not be alive if it wasn’t for her.”
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