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‘I saw him going down, so I jumped in’ - Lifeguard speaks of rescue drama after saving boy from pool

09:28 07 May 2014

Darrell Hatahet who was the lifeguard on duty when he saved a youngster from drowning at the Summerfields Holiday Park in Scratby.

Picture: James Bass

Darrell Hatahet who was the lifeguard on duty when he saved a youngster from drowning at the Summerfields Holiday Park in Scratby. Picture: James Bass

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A hero lifeguard has described how he leapt into action to save a young boy from drowning.

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Darrell Hatahet said instinct kicked in when he dived in to rescue the nine-year-old, after he got into difficulty in the swimming pool at Summerfields Holiday Park in Scratby on Sunday.

The modest 20-year-old said he was just “doing his job” when he came to the boy’s aid. But he admitted the dramatic rescue did leave him a little shaken, as it was the first time he had pulled someone from the water in four seasons of being a lifeguard.

Mr Hatahet, from Great Yarmouth, said: “I saw him going down so I jumped in, recovered him from the bottom and got him to the side. He was conscious but his breathing was irregular.”

Together with fellow members of staff Mr Hatahet cleared the youngster’s airways and then, when he was able to, sat him down and kept him warm until paramedics arrived.

The boy and his young brother, who had also ingested water but did not need rescuing, were taken to hospital to be checked over and returned to the park that night.

Mr Hatahet was back on duty on Monday morning and said his first priority was to find out if the youngster was OK.

“They were all fine,” he added. “I was a bit shaken but everything turned out all right.”

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5 comments

  • LittleEnoch thinks heshe is Sylvester Stallone or something. Just because he didn't have to take on the Taliban to save a boys life doesn't mean it wasn't a heroic act. Just because he didn't have to defuse a bomb run 20 miles to get water and fight of three grizzly bears with just a spoon does not mean it wasn't heroic. Just because he didn't have to shave a mans back whilst climbing Mount Everest to save a climber that had been trapped by an avalanche doesn't mean he wasn't heroic.

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    Billy Carroll

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • This boy should be on daybreak explaining his story not the mercury.

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    Billy Carroll

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • This young man is a hero an inspiration and above all very modest about the fact he had to "leap" into action and save an even younger boys life. LittleEnoch I would like to ask you a question, how many lives have you saved over the past week? With that negative pompous attitude I doubt you even managed to comb your own hair this morning you degenerate. If it was your son stowing would you not see it as a heroic event? Of course you would so please calmly remove your head from your own rectum and stop trying to bring others down with your lame, ridiculous claims.

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    Billy Carroll

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Erm he is a hero lifeguard regardless if he gets paid to do it or not if it wasn't for him the young boy could of lost his life ! Well done life guard !!

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    Little T

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • "Hero" lifeguard? Come on now! There clearly can't be much news about at the moment. A holiday pool lifeguard saves a boy from drowning - nice feel-good story but a hero??? Isn't saving people what he is paid for? If he had sat on the side just watching the boy drown, it might have warranted a bigger story but even the lad himself seems embarrassed by your reporter's vastly over-egged story. A hero, incidentally is someone who undertakes a brave act, usually at risk to his own life. Please stop this word being ridiculously misused.

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    LittleEnoch

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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