Jed Boal ReportingThe quick actions of two young brothers saved a little girl from serious danger. It's the kind of scenario that doesn't always have a happy ending.
Drowning is the greatest risk of death faced by kids under five in Utah, and a close call this week shows just how quickly it can happen.
Ten-year-old Tim Wagaman and his eight-year-old brother Scott like to play at the neighborhood pool when they visit their grandmother in Holladay. Both have been swimming several years and feel pretty comfortable around the water. When they were at the pool Tuesday they had no idea their skills would be tested.
Tim was at the deep end getting ready to practice some dives. Scott was at the side of the pool when he saw a toddler in trouble.
Scott Wagaman, Rescuer: ”I was just standing by the pool walking over. I saw her trip in about here. I yelled for Tim."
The girl started to sink in six feet of water.
Tim Wagaman, Rescuer: “I dove down and got her out. And her mom said thank you a couple times.”
The boys say the toddler was struggling to breathe when she came out of the water and people poolside resuscitated her. The boys say the girl had a life jacket, but wasn't wearing it when she fell into the pool.
Tim Wagaman: “I was a little bit worried about her living or not."
The family got a call from the little girl's grandmother who said they were grateful. Had it not been for Tim, they said, they might have lost her.