Finley Hooper, 6, saved from drowning at Haven Seashore in Yarmouth - watch as he delivers this heartfelt message to his ‘superhero’ mum Nicola Bradley

Finley Hooper,6, nearly drowned in a local swimming pool. His family would like to deliver a water s

Finley Hooper,6, nearly drowned in a local swimming pool. His family would like to deliver a water safety message. Finley with his mum, Nicola Bradley and her partner Kyle Steward. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Warnings have been issued over the dangers surrounding swimming after a six-year-old boy was saved from drowning in a holiday park pool.

Finley Hooper,6, nearly drowned in a local swimming pool. His family would like to deliver a water s

Finley Hooper,6, nearly drowned in a local swimming pool. His family would like to deliver a water safety message. Finley with his mum, Nicola Bradley and her partner Kyle Steward. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Finley Hooper was part of a large family group enjoying the water at Haven Seashore in Great Yarmouth when he was plucked from the pool unresponsive and blue.

Now the youngster, who has since made a full recovery, has thanked his 'superhero' mum whose swift actions helped to save his life after the involvement of lifeguards.

The drama unfolded when Nicola Bradley and her partner Kyle Steward joined family members from across the UK for a weekend at the holiday park.

The family, of Crome Drive, Cobholm, are now desperate to deliver a water safety message.

Finley Hooper,6, nearly drowned in a local swimming pool. His family would like to deliver a water s

Finley Hooper,6, nearly drowned in a local swimming pool. His family would like to deliver a water safety message. Finley with his mum, Nicola Bradley. - Credit: Nick Butcher


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Ms Bradley, 38, said she was shocked at how quickly the situation turned into an emergency.

Being CPR trained was the key to saving his life, she said, urging all parents to learn the skill which was often free and didn't take long.

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'Anything can happen to anyone at anytime,' she said. 'It does not take long to learn and it is with you for the rest of your life. The fact is that things can change in a few seconds.

'Every second counts in that situation when your brain is starved of oxygen.'

Finley Hooper,6, nearly drowned in a local swimming pool. His family would like to deliver a water s

Finley Hooper,6, nearly drowned in a local swimming pool. His family would like to deliver a water safety message. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Mr Steward, 31, said he was keen to raise awareness of the importance of being CPR trained and to impress on children the potential dangers - as well as thank fellow swimmer Henry Wilson, 23, from Kings Lynn, who lifted the lad from the bottom of the pool.

'It was the scariest thing I have ever seen in my life,' he said. 'We just want to make sure something like this does not happen to another child.'

Since the incident Mr Steward has pledged to learn CPR and is also keen that children are fully aware of the dangers of being in the water.

Ms Bradley's older son Lewi, aged seven, is learning to swim.

Finley Hooper,6, nearly drowned in a local swimming pool. His family would like to deliver a water s

Finley Hooper,6, nearly drowned in a local swimming pool. His family would like to deliver a water safety message. Finley with his mum, Nicola Bradley and partner Kyle Steward and Lewi Steward. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Haven said its lifeguard spotted Finley in the water and he was pulled out by another swimmer.

Staff started giving CPR before Ms Bradley took over.

Finley was taken to Gorleston's James Paget Hospital and was discharged after two days.

A spokesman for Seashore holiday park said: 'Our park prides itself on the safe and secure swimming environment provided to thousands of visiting families each year but this underlines the importance of safety in all water, even in a family pool such as ours with trained lifeguards.

Summer of Swimming logo. Picture: Archant

Summer of Swimming logo. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

'We are delighted that Finley has made a full recovery and all our team members wish him well for the future.'

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