6-year-old boy called a hero after saving friend from drowning


ELGIN, S.C. (W.A.C.H.)--A six-year-old boy from Elgin is considered a hero after saving his friend from drowning. It happened the day before Mother's Day. Things could have changed in a matter of seconds Saturday, when six-year-old Jakob Richards stepped too far into the deep-end and struggled to stay above water.

Fortunately, Aiden Bradley noticed and pulled Jakob to safety. Now, Aiden can't stop smiling after saving his friend.

"When he came back up, I said 'Jacob grab my hand' and he grabbed my hand and I pulled him back," says Aiden.

He says he knew his friend needed help because "his brain tells him when somebody needs help, [to] go save them".

"It's definitely the silent killer in that it could happen without notice. We were thankful Aiden reacted so quickly," says Aiden's mother, Brandy Bradley.

"We want them to learn and be brave in the water but we also want them to watch out for each other like they did so we're very blessed."

According to the Red Cross, an average of 10 people in the U.S. die every day from drowning.

People are urged to not assume a swimmer in distress is joking or playing around. The Red Cross says taking formal swim lessons can reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88 percent. To find swimming lessons offered near you in the Midlands, click here.

In the meantime, Aiden says he wants to be a life guard when he grows up and he wants people to remember one thing: "watch out for each other"

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