A nine-year-old boy was hailed as a hero after saving the life of a little girl who drowned in a pool while on vacation.
Frank Emsley was enjoying a sunny afternoon in the hotel pool in Tenerife when he noticed that the young girl was motionless underwater.
The quick-thinking boy swam over when he thought she had been below for longer than he could hold his breath, and worried for the well-being of the nameless child.
When he finally scooped it out of the water, it was “completely blue” and foaming from the mouth.
He described the “terrible” moments when she gurgled in a desperate attempt to breathe before he could help her out of the water.
Frank called for her parents to carry her out of the water before a lifeguard performed life-saving CPR.
She was then taken to the hospital and luckily was uninjured and was able to leave the hospital after a short observation period.
He now hopes that he will meet her in the future as he feels like her “Guardian Angel”.
Frank from Manchester said, “I looked over at her thinking I couldn’t hold my breath underwater for that long so I got worried.
“I went over to check on her and she didn’t move, there weren’t any bubbles or anything.
“I touched her arm to see if she was okay, and she clung to me for my dear life.
“I picked her up and she was breathing so hard and gurgling water from her mouth.
“It was terrifying, she was completely blue and foaming at the mouth.”
He added, “I’m just so happy that I was there and managed to act because I don’t want to think about what could have happened if it hadn’t been me.
“If I hadn’t been there, she might never have come back from vacation, which is so scary.”
He added, “I would like to think I could be like her Guardian Angel, I hope to meet her when she is older.”
Frank’s mother, Sarah Emsley, said she could “not be more proud” of her son, who was brave and clever “beyond his years”.
The family booked the October halftime break in Tenerife at the last minute – and it was a trip they will remember for a long time.
The little girl was in an inflatable float but managed to escape for a split second before sinking to the bottom of the pool.
Sarah, 45, said it was any parent’s “worst nightmare” – but luckily Frank was there to save the day.
She said, “When I saw him swimming I didn’t know what to think, but then he started screaming for her parents and I was shocked.
“Luckily he was there and managed to get her out and she was taken to the hospital and she is fine now.
“I could not believe it.
“He saved the little girl’s life and her parents were as grateful as I would be.
“It is a parent’s worst nightmare when your child disappears on top of you.”
Frank received a letter from the family thanking him for his heroism, which was read at his school.
Sarah said, “He’s definitely my little hero.”