Boy, 16, dives in freezing canal to save baby from drowning after pram rolls off path
A heroic teenage boy dived into a freezing river to save a seven-week-old baby from drowning.
George Hibberd, 16, was walking along Hythe Canal in Kent on Saturday when he saw the pram roll into the water after the baby’s mum knelt down to strap her dog’s lead.
George admitted he was terrified of getting into the water, but said the adrenalin took over.
He told The Sun : “There was a dip in the pavement which I think caused the pram to roll off because the ground looked straight.
“In just a few seconds the baby ended up going into the water.
“Me and my friend screamed to the mum ‘Your baby!’ and she was screaming asking us to help get her child.
“The pram was slightly floating above the water and the baby was still lying inside.”
Luckily, George jumped into the river before the pram sank any deeper, despite his fear of moss, fish and rats and the freezing cold water.
The teenager was so determined to help he took off his clothes and dove straight in without even thinking about it, and had to swim into the canal while it was dark.
He carried the pram back to land and handed the newborn baby back to the mum.
George admitted he didn’t know how the baby was because the mum parted ways with him after the rescue.
His mum Nathalie said she couldn’t be prouder of the teen.
She added: “Obviously I’m really proud but also you just think what could have happened, he couldn’t even see and obviously he was under the pram trying to lift the pram above the water.”
Nathalie said George is a very modest person, and after rescuing the baby, he went home, had a bath and went out again.
Neither Kent Police or the South East Coast Ambulance Service has any record of attending the incident.
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