A teacher has told how he resuscitated a toddler at a Northampton holiday park after he was found floating in a stream.
Holidaymakers at Billing Aquadrome rushed to the scene after hearing the distressed cries of parents searching for the boy, who is believed to be have been 15-months-old.
He was spotted in the water not far from where his family were camping, scooped out and carried to the bankside.
Simon Underwood, a teacher, who gave CPR to the boy said: “We heard the shouts and they were upset because they couldn’t find the boy.
“I told them to check near where they were camping and we found him.
“A member of their family got him out of the water and put him on the bank but he wasn’t breathing. He was lifeless and motionless.
“Someone was trying to get his heart started but I volunteered to take over because I have had a little bit of first aid training. I imagine it was pretty basic what I did but I managed to do it – the breaths and chest pushes.
“After a while he was sick and started breathing again.”
Mr Underwood said the incident was an example of why first aid skills were so useful.
He said: “The little bit of training I had was vital in this case.”
The accident happened at about 7pm on Thursday near a camping area.
An ambulance was called and the boy was taken to hospital, but it is understood he is not now in any danger.
An East Midlands Ambulance Sevice spokeswoman said: “We received the first call at 7.12pm and three others were received within the first minute, so while we were taking details from the first caller others were also ringing in to report the incident. “Our double crewed ambulance was first on scene, within five minutes of the call being picked up in our Emergency Operations Centre.
“The skilled clinicians gave treatment on scene and took the patient to Northampton General Hospital by the ambulance and arrived at the hospital at 7.30pm.”
The accident last week comes five months after a toddler was found in a lake elsewhere in the holiday park and later died.
Mandi Munhuwa, aged two, was rescued on March 10 but died in hospital on May 10.
A spokesman for Billing Aquadrome said managers were looking into the latest incident, but said he did not believe there was a water-related safety issue linking the two accidents.
He said: “The team are carrying out an investigation into what happened, but there is no safety issue we are aware of.
“We are basically trying to establish the facts of what happened.
“Accidents happen sometimes and I don’t say that lightly. The child and their family must have been very distressed. Our thoughts are with them.”