Boy, 7, dives into pool and saves toddler from drowning

Massiah Browne (left) dove deep into a pool to rescue a three-year-old stranger (Pictures: Instagram/Facebook)

A 7-year-old boy is being called a ‘hero’ after he dove into a pool to rescue a toddler.

Massiah Browne, of Sacramento, California, was swimming at his apartment complex’s pool when he saw a 3-year-old boy – a stranger – lying at the bottom.

Massiah dove six feet deep into the water to rescue the toddler.

‘I was just playing in the pool and then I saw a boy at the bottom of the pool,’ the second grader told . ‘And I went to go get him.’

Massiah Browne’s father said he swims like ‘a fish’ (Picture: Instagram)

Massiah was in the pool with his 9-year-old relative Savannah, who pulled the boy out onto dry land and alerted nearby adults.

‘Savannah brought him to his mom and then they did CPR on the boy and then they called the doctor,’ Massiah said.

Marcus Browne, Massiah’s father, said his son swims like ‘a fish’, but he was still in surprised when he learned of his heroics.

‘He’s a good kid,’ he told GMA.

Massiah Browne (right) is seen with his father, Marcus Browne (Picture: Instagram)

Firefighters confirmed later that paramedics arrived to perform CPR and transport the toddler to the hospital, reported.

Massiah’s mother, Tiara Delvalle, said she was in contact with the toddler’s family, and the toddler survived the ordeal. Delvalle called it a ‘miracle.’

Drowning is a leading cause of death for children in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

More children aged one to four die from drowning than any other cause, save for birth defects. Most of these drownings happen in swimming pools.

It is also the second most common cause of injury for children aged one to 14. Only car accidents hurt more children each year.

The CDC recommends children take formal swimming lessons to help combat the risk of drowning.

They also recommend fully fencing in swimming pools so that children cannot swim unattended by adults. A four-sided isolation fence around a pool reduces the risk of drowning in children by 83%.



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