Monday 20 January 2020

Little Liam wins bravery award for saving baby brother's life

Liam McCormack with his brother, Rhys
Liam McCormack with his brother, Rhys
the McCormack family, from left, Liam, David, Rhys, Eileen and Lennon
Rhys pictured on holiday in Alicante

Elaine Keogh

A YOUNG boy who saved the life of his little brother while on holiday in Spain has won a bravery award.

Liam McCormack (7) instinctively dived into a swimming pool after his two-year-old brother, Rhys, fell in after his juice bottle. He pulled him out, saving his life.

"If Liam wasn't there, Rhys would have drowned," their mother Eileen (37) said at their home in Drogheda, Co Louth, yesterday.

"The quick thinking of Liam saved him. Rhys didn't have any arm bands on and didn't know how to swim. Only for Liam he wouldn't be here today.

"I thought it was an amazing thing to save his brother when he jumped into a pool."

The incident happened in Alicante, Spain, on August 12 last year. The family, including dad David and Liam's twin brother Lennon, were on holiday.

Eileen recalled that they were eating beside the pool at around 8.30pm.

Rhys, who had a bottle of juice, was playing near the pool. Liam was with him.

Eileen said the children were watching a man who was cleaning the pool.

"He was putting something into the pool, I think it was chlorine. Rhys then decided to put his bottle into the pool," Eileen said.

"The bottle fell in and Rhys went into the pool after it. Liam jumped straight in, got Rhys and put his arm around his stomach and pulled Rhys back up.

"The pool was full of water," Eileen explained, "they don't put a cover on the pool at night, therefore it's quite dangerous."


She said that Liam was a confident swimmer. The accident happened close to the end of their holiday, so he was used to being in the pool every day.

Liam seemed unaware of the significance of what he had done.

"An hour or two later, when I was talking to Liam about it, I broke down roaring and crying," said his mother.

"I told him I wasn't crying because I was sad, but because I was happy about what he did," she said.

Liam explained: "He was trying to pick up his bottle and he fell in. I went in and got him out because he was my brother."

Eileen nominated Liam for a Louth Rehab 'People of the Year' award and he won the bravery award.

Irish Independent

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