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Two 9-Year-Old Boys Help Save Woman's Life

Reported by: Send eMail Chris Williams
Reported: Jul. 2, 2014 6:44 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 2, 2014 9:19 PM EDT
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Hurricane , Putnam County , West Virginia

Slides, a pool, and waves - what’s not to love?

"Ride the waves because it's fun going on the waves and stuff," Jacob Schilling, 9 , said.

On Tuesday, Jacob Schilling was at the Wave Pool for a friend's birthday party. He was playing in the water when he noticed a woman having trouble keeping her head above the waves. Jacob's mom asked if the woman was OK. Seconds later, the woman sank under the water.

"I told her to grab my hand, and then I pulled her up," Jacob said.

Jacob does not know who the woman is, but said it was scary pulling her out. His float started to tip over, but before it could, his friend, Jaelynn, leaped into action and held Jacob’s float down.

"I just thought it would be a good thing to save her, and for her to not drown," Jacob said.

By the time Jacob pulled the woman above the water, a lifeguard was helping out. With the holiday weekend coming up, lifeguards there said it's important to know your limits in the water.

"If you're a good swimmer, or can swim a little bit swim toward the side, or try to swim in toward the shallow end is the best thing to do," Wave Pool Lifeguard Megan Kessell said.

The woman who almost drowned is OK now, in large part, thanks to two quick thinking 9-year-olds. This was only Jacob's second trip to the Wave Pool, and, no doubt, one he will never forget.

"I thought it would be something brave for other people, and be brave for people like me," Schilling added.



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