This teenage boy dived into a canal to save 15-month-old toddler from drowning


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Ryley Ferguson, 15, was walking his two dogs when he saw Reggie, a 15-month-old toddler, fall into a canal. Acting on pure instinct, he quickly dived in as the toddler disappeared under the water. “I was pretty calm but the water was so cold, my heart was racing,” said Ryley.

Knottingley has a new HERO. RYLEY FERGUSON from The Ridgeway.While walking the canal today RYLEY witnessed an…

Posted by Susan Dann on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Reggie’s mom, Rebecca, arrived soon after. She had just been working in the garden when her little boy wandered into the canal behind their home. “I keep saying Ryley is our guardian angel, he saved my boy and saved my life,” said Rebecca.

Rylan holding Reggie after saving him from drowning in a canal (Picture: SWNS)

Rebecca nominated Ryley for Pride of Britain. “I think he really deserves it,” she said. A neighbor also set up a GoFundMe page for Riley, raising £1,000. However, Ryley refused any donations, and is giving it to the NHS charity instead.

Reggie was saved after he fell into a canal (Picture: SWNS)

“Our town is extremely fortunate to have a lad like Ryley. He’s a hero and he deserves to be recognized as such,” said local Councillor Tom Gordon.


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