6-Year-Old South Florida Boy Saves Drowning 2-Year-Old Girl

Friday, Dec 13, 2013  |  Updated 11:18 PM EDT
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Wellington resident Palmer French is a natural in the water – and because of that, his 2-year-old neighbor Scarlett Berger has a second chance at life. NBC 6 anchor Trina Robinson has the story.

Wellington resident Palmer French is a natural in the water – and because of that, his 2-year-old neighbor Scarlett Berger has a second chance at life. NBC 6 anchor Trina Robinson has the story.

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A 6-year-old South Florida boy saved his 2-year-old friend and neighbor from drowning in a backyard pool.

Wellington resident Palmer French is a strong swimmer – and because of that, his 2-year-old neighbor Scarlett Berger has a second chance at life.

“She cannot swim, because she’s still a baby,” Palmer explained.

Scarlett was in the pool with him Tuesday afternoon, but slipped off a shallow edge ledge and into deep water – sinking right to the bottom, WPTV reported.

“She fall down the water, and I got (her) and I saved her, and her mom picked her up,” Palmer said.

“I think that he’s a little hero,” said the boy’s grandfather, Tom Mansmith.

They’ll often play an underwater game, in which Palmer will swim down to the pool floor and pull up his grandfather.

“Palmer just instinctively jumped in, went to the bottom, picked her up and brought her to the surface,” Mansmith said.

Scarlett’s mother was right there at the time of the accident and was able to quickly pluck her out of the pool, according to WPTV.

Florida loses more children under the age of five to drowning than any other state.

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