South Carolina Boy Hailed a Hero After Saving Little Brother From Drowning
During a Fourth of July celebration in Anderson County, South Carolina, six-year-old Atticus Whitlock turned into a real-life hero when he saved his two-year-old brother, Anson, from drowning. According to FOX CAROLINA the boys were at a family gathering at their grandparents’ home when Anson slipped into the pool unnoticed while the boys’ mother briefly looked away.
Fortunately, Atticus saw his little brother enter the pool and quickly dived in, bringing him to the surface. “I went under and then I grabbed him and pulled him up,” the six-year-old hero recalls. By this time, the boys’ mom, Savannah Whitlock, had become aware of the situation and helped pull Anson from the pool.
At first, Anson was lethargic, so he was taken to a nearby hospital. However, after being checked out by doctors, he was later released. Now Atticus is being praised for his life-saving actions. Both the ambulance driver and the fire department acknowledged his heroics and his family is beyond proud, with his mom saying they’re thankful that Anson has “a superhero for a big brother.”
Why swim lessons are so important
Swim lessons for kids are incredibly important for several reasons. Firstly, knowing how to swim can be a crucial life-saving skill. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children so these boys were lucky! Having the ability to swim can significantly reduce the risk of such accidents.
Swimming is excellent for the body, too, because it is a low-impact exercise that can improve cardiovascular health, strength, and endurance and wear the kids out for better sleep.
By learning how to swim at a young age, kids can develop a lifelong love for physical activity. This is just one of the reasons why we started swim lessons for both of our boys at 8 months old. We are actually changing swim school right now, and Jax had his swim evaluation this week and slayed it! Swim lessons can help kids build confidence and independence as they learn new skills and become more comfortable in the water.