Last Thursday, an eleven-year-old girl in the town of Reykjanesbær rescued a year-old infant from drowning at Sundmiðstöðin, a local swimming pool, rúv.is reports.
An Icelandic swimming pool. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The girl, whose name is Aníka Mjöll Júlíusdóttir, noticed the child and came to its rescue.
“She was at swimming practice when she noticed something in front of her. At first she thought it was a doll but when she came closer she realized that it was an infant. She swam directly towards the child, picked it up, brought it to the poolside and began pounding its back. At that point, the head coach and the pool staff arrived,” explains Aníka’s mother, Þórunn Ósk Haraldsdóttir.
The infant made a quick recovery and the assistance of a rescue unit was not required. The child was at the pool with its father and siblings but had wandered out of the changing room and fallen into the pool.
According to the swimming pool’s manager, Ragnar Örn Pétursson, it was a miracle that the child survived. Immediately after yesterday’s incident, a meeting was held with the staff, regarding the pool’s safety regulations.