An 11yr old saves a boy from drowning in Lachine pool

An 11yr 8yr old Shana Maude Curadeau saved a boy from drowning into the Parc Michel-Ménard pool last week sunday.

It was stated that Shana Maude was just playing a game called bulldog with a her friends in the water, a game in which they had to swim to the other side of the pool without being tagged by the assigned bulldog.

The kids were all playing in the 2.85-metre deep end of the pool.

It was the sister of the drowning boy who pulled Shana-Maude aside and asked her: “Can you go get my brother in the water?” Shana-Maude recounted.

“I thought it was a joke,” Shana Maude said. “When I went underwater, I touched the little boy and he didn’t have any reaction,” and that’s when she realized the boy was in trouble.

Thanks to her fast thinking, Shana-Maude started pulling him up by holding on to the 10-year-old boy’s arms. “My friend was there, too, and she pulled him out from his legs,” she added.

Once the boy was out of the pool, the lifeguard starting performing CPR.

The boy was taken to hospital and he reportedly survived.

Shana-Maude has been swimming since she was one-year-old and she says she wants to become a lifeguard.

Although her mother, Marie-Éve Curadeau, wasn’t there to see her daughter’s heroic act, she said many people recounted her daughter’s bravery and how she took initiative.

“I am very proud of her, I even cried that day because I was very moved,” Curadeau said.

Shana-Maude said “it felt shocking, seeing a little boy almost dying from a drowning.”

The Montreal Gazette reached out to the pool’s administration for a comment, but they did not respond in time for publication.

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