Any parent would jump to save their child from danger, but one dad proved just how far he would go. In a jaw-dropping video, Albert Passavanti of Palm Beach, Florida dove over a 4-foot fence when he saw his toddler was at risk of drowning. On a Sunday afternoon, Passavanti and his family were lounging near the pool when his one-and-a-half-year-old son Rocco wandered into the pool area. After attempting to reach for the beach ball floating in the water, Rocco slipped and fell in.
The family’s Nest camera shows not even a split second passes before Passavanti jumps from his seat, diving over the fence and into the pool. Passavanti seems to fly off the ground; his reaction is so quick, you just might miss it if you blink. Luckily, Rocco and dad were both perfectly fine and left the pool with no injuries.
Passavanti later told WPTV that he never thought twice about jumping. “The second you see it, you get Superman strength and just have to go for it,” he said. “Whatever you got to do.” Not only is Passavanti a great dad for his heroic save, he’s also taking measures to prevent a possible accident in the future, like always keeping the pool gate closed and locked.
Parents should always be on high alert around pools or other bodies of water, as drowning is sadly a common cause of death among children. Anna Stewart, manager of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County, told WPTV that she doesn’t recommend parents diving in to save their children, but if they must, they should being a flotation device with them.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)’s Prevention of Drowning is also an excellent resource for parents when it comes to water safety.
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