It looks like Mexico owes us one.
Three Canadians who were recently vacationing in the country have been credited with saving the lives of a Mexican father and son who nearly drowned. The incident all began when a beach-going Alberta firefighter noticed a young boy struggling in the water. Fully equipped with both water rescue and medical training, Andrew Pearson didn’t waste any time.
“I just locked my eyes on him and went,” he told CTV News.
After saving the boy and swimming him back to shore, Pearson then noticed that the child’s father, who had also gone out to rescue his son, was now struggling in the current himself. At that point, Pearson handed off the boy to fellow Canadian Liz Haley-Armstrong and then went back for the father.
“I was at the point of exhaustion by the time I hit the surf break,” Pearson recalled. “And I was trying to lift and carry the father through the surf break but I was so tired, I was losing him.”
That’s when Haley-Armstrong’s son (also Canadian) sprang into action. He was able to help the firefighter haul the boy’s father back to shore.
“If Bob and Liz weren’t there to help me out, there probably would have been a tragic outcome,” Pearson said.
Through a translator, the family expressed their gratitude. Pearson says they are both in good health, and he hopes to stay in touch with them.