Teen saves a young boy’s life after he saw him lying motionless on the bottom of a public pool.

Aaron Rahme, 15, was swimming in the deep end of the wave pool at Blacktown Leisure Centre, Stanhope Gardens when he noticed the seven-year-old boy at the bottom of the pool.

“He was facing down on the pool floor,” Aaron told Nine.com.au.

“At first I wasn’t sure if he was drowning or not. It kind of looked like he was swimming but I went closer and saw he wasn’t moving.”

Thinking quickly, Aaron dragged the unconscious boy to the surface.

“I kind of tilted his head back to let him get some air and then I screamed out to the lifeguard,” he said.

Aaron’s stepmother, Marie Rahme – who was at the pool with him – said that’s when pandemonium broke loose.

“I saw a lifeguard running down the side of the pool running and trying to open the glass gates. All the other staff members were running around and the lifeguard jumped over the glass wall.”

“It was so quick. Honestly, I reckon I blinked. I didn’t even see the boy.”

“All I saw was them running, them clearing the pool. Shouting out to the kids get out. Everyone was panicking.

“The kid was on the ground. There was at least 10 people around this kid and he wasn’t moving at all.

“We were all just wishing and hoping that he was going to make it.”

The boy regained consciousness after a lifeguard gave him CPR and was able to walk to the ambulance.

WARNING to parents

Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali said this was the second time a child had needed rescuing at a pool in his municipality this month, reports 9 news.

“Today’s rescue was in the nick of time and it would be tragic if a school holiday outing ended in tragedy because someone wasn’t watching over their children in the pool,” he said.

“Parents and carers have a responsibility to look after their children – lifeguards do a great job keeping our pools safe, but they are not babysitters.”

This come just days after the death of three year old boy Hunter Young at an indoor play centre in Queensland.

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  • Again, parents can NEVER take their eyes of kids at the pool. All it takes is a quick second for something to happen. Perhaps there needs to be more lifeguards on duty too?!


  • We’re the parents even at the pool with this little fella? They’re not mentioned in the story. Absolutely horrifying that there needs to be reminders to supervise kids around water. We have drownings every year, that should be enough warning, but obviously


  • So glad the child was saved in time !!
    Something can happen in a split of a second, I sometimes wonder if it is possible to prefend things from happening even if you watch your kids up close. You’ll probably have to be in the pool with them to keep a close enough eye.


  • What a hero. Lucky he found him in time.


  • so lucky to be found in time!


  • That is scary, it shows that you have to be vegilant and watch your children around water, no matter what age!


  • So glad the young boy was spotted and saved.


  • This young boy was just lucky the teenager Aaron spotted him in time.


  • Parents should never take their eyes off their offspring when they are in or near the water. A fatality can happen almost at any time.


  • Apparently some try to swim under the water without inhaling enough are to fill the lungs. If they just take a “gulp” of air then can actually faint before drowning somebody doesn’t pull them out of the water quickly enough. There was a tragedy in which a Dad was practising diving and checking how long he could stay underwater. His wife was timing him at his request. His wife was feeding a young baby at the same time and wasn’t really watching him all the time. She was coming up asking her for the time, taking one deep breath and diving under again. I am not saying that is was happened with the young lad, but it may be a possibility, something that all swimmers, especially children should be given strict instructions about.


  • what a brave young man to rescue that little boy. I bet he and his family feel very proud that he did an amazing job in saving that young boy. Well done to the lifeguards as well, what a good outcome.


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