9-Year-Old boy rescues drowning toddler in California

A 3-year-old girl was playing on her grandfather’s back in the swimming pool of an apartment complex Monday afternoon when the pair slipped to the bottom of the deep end.

Fire Captain Mary Gutierrez, who responded to the multiple 911 calls, said a woman saw the man and child after a few minutes and immediately recognized that something was wrong.

“She saw them at the bottom and she had complete confidence in her son — she told him to dive in and help them,” Gutierrez said.

The boy, fourth-grader Ishaan Singh, quickly swam to the bottom of the pool, grabbed the 3-year-old girl and pushed her to the side, where bystanders pulled her out.

Another woman, a swimming instructor conducting a private lesson at the pool, dove down and pulled out the grandfather.

None of the 10 to 12 bystanders knew CPR, Gutierrez said, but they did the best they could to revive the girl and her grandfather by pushing on their chests. She said that was the right thing to do.

“It would have been a completely different outcome if the boy and other bystanders hadn’t acted so quickly,” Gutierrez said. “Had an adult not observed them and the 9-year-old boy not been so brave, this incident would have had a very different ending.”

The girl was released from the hospital in good condition this morning. The grandfather was still hospitalized, but his family asked that his condition not be released.

The boy will receive a citizen’s award for his bravery later this year, the fire captain said.

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  1. Muslim_Always
    August 5, 2011

    Bravery, honor, resilience and other wonderful qualities are lacking among the people of Dominica today.

    Our people have absolutely no vision, no hopes, no dreams and they do not know how to pursue goals collectively. They do not know how to put politics aside and work for common goals.

    I applaud the young 9 year old boy who performed this heroic deed. I pray that Allah guides him on the right path despite the lies and propaganda against the truth way of Allah, Islam. Ameen.

    • KFA
      August 5, 2011

      Are you for real? What does your comment about “the wonderful qualities” Dominicans are lacking?

      Just focus on the story at hand…. We need to stop down play our people

      Move away from negativity….On the other hand, congrats to this little boy for a job well done

      • KFA
        August 5, 2011


        What does your comment about “the wonderful qualities” Dominicans are lacking have to do with this story?

  2. Kaya
    August 3, 2011

    Bravo well done. thank god for there bravery.

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