A brother and sister who had taken lifesaving courses at the YMCA saved the life of a young swimmer at St. Malo Beach recently.
The 5-year old boy had jumped or fallen off his rubber tube in deep waters and was flailing around, which caught the attention of 11-year-old Brianne. She noticed the swimmer go down, with only a few bubbles surfacing. She immediately raised him out of the water and held his head above water while summoning her 14-year-old brother, Mathieu. He came to help and carried the unconscious boy to shore. He was not breathing, but his heart was still beating.
Brianne and Mathieu were met by their mother, who took charge and attended to the boy. Others came rushing over to provide assistance. The boy regained consciousness, and an ambulance transported him to Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg.
Bravo to these two young people, who kept their focus on the matter at hand and put into practice what they had learned at the YMCA.
— Marcel Couture