A Canadian groom jumped in to a pond to rescue a young boy who fell in to the water as his wedding pictures were being taken.
Clayton and Brittany Cook married in Kitchener, Ontario, last Friday when the groom spotted the boy struggling in the water.
“We were walking through Victoria Park just doing photos at random locations and there were three small kids following us around for five or 10 minutes, and they started walking towards the water,” Clayton Cook told Global News.
“I looked over as Brittany was doing some solo shots and I only saw two kids – there were three – I thought I better double check to make sure everything was OK… and sure enough, once I got over there I saw the third child in the water and he was fighting quite hard to stay afloat.
“I was able to jump down on a rock and reach out and scoop him up,” he said.
Brittany Cook said she initially though her husband had just jumped in to the water.
“I looked over at the river and it looked like he was in the water taking swim and I was like oh my gosh, what are you doing?” she said.
Photographer Darren Hatt captured the heroic events.
“By the time the bride noticed and shouted out, Clayton had already jumped down and brought him to safety. His quick action saved the little guy who was struggling to swim,” he wrote on Facebook.
After the incident, the boy silently hung around the couple for a few more minutes before family members found him, Clayton Cook said.
“It’s a weird sight to see. It’s obviously something you don’t see a lot – thank God – but I think I was in a little shock myself with trying to piece everything together.”
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