A Canadian groom jumped into action to save a child from drowning last weekend — and the wedding photographer caught the whole thing.
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Clay Cook and Brittany Ross Cook of Kitchener, Ontario, had their wedding portraits taken in a park on Friday evening after their wedding ceremony. They noticed a group of children in the park playing near the water. During the photography session, Clay Cook noticed one of the children missing.
“They were by the river and looking into the river, so Clay headed over there to check it out, and the kid was in the river, and the kids were pointing at him like, ‘He can’t swim,'” Ross Cook told the CBC.
“Clay jumped down and said, ‘Reach for my hand,’ and the kid just reached and Clay was just able to grab him and pull him right out,” she said.
Ross Cook said the children “were playing — they thought it was a game, and the girl pushing him into the water.”
“I don’t think they realized the severity of it,” she said.
The groom told CTV that when he found the boy, his “face was under water and he was fighting, like he was really fighting.”
Clay Cook added that “luckily, he was only a little guy,” which made it easy to grab him out of the water.
The rescue is going viral
The rescue quickly gained attention online when Darren Hatt, the couple’s wedding photographer, posted pictures of the moment on Facebook.
“It was a commendable thing that he did and he sprung into action incredibly quick,” Hatt told CTV. “Almost as soon as I realized what was going on, he had already saved the day.”