‘I just heard my husband screaming’: Moment father leaps into swimming pool to save his 14-month-old daughter from drowning after she climbs in while no one was watching
This is the nightmare moment a toddler almost drowned when she climbed into a family’s swimming pool.
Footage shows father Cleyton Alves Pinto, 38, leaping into the pool in Matrinchã, Goiás, Brazil, to pull 14-month-old Bella out of the water.
Bella’s mother Karlla Araújo, 28, said she only realised what was happening when she heard Cleyton screaming.
Footage shows the toddler, dressed in a white top and a nappy, tentatively dipping her foot in the swimming pool before falling in.
Unable to swim, she starts thrashing her arms in the water, which alerted her father, who leapt from his hammock and jumped in to save his daughter.
The scare was caught on the family’s CCTV, which Karlla recently shared online.
Karlla said it all happened ‘very fast’. ‘I just heard my husband screaming,’ she told Crescer.
She said: ‘When I got there, she was calm, not crying, just her heart racing.
‘I believe she didn’t drink much water.’
Karlla said she and her husband Cleyton Alves Pinto, 38, had spent the day by the pool with their two children, Bella and Miguel, 5.
Bella, a 14-month-old toddler was saved by her father, Cleyton Alves Pinto, 38, when he heard the sound of her arms thrashing in their swimming pool
He jumped into the pool where his toddler was floating face down in the water and rescued her
The 14-month-old toddler fell into the pool as her five-year-old brother sat reading at their home in Matrincha, Brazil
Once she fell in she was unable to heave herself out of the swimming pool, in footage recently shared online by her mother
A sudden gale surprised the family and they went inside to shelter from the wind and rain. Karlla changed her daughter’s wet clothes and she rejoined her father, who was sitting on a hammock.
She said Cleyton didn’t realise Bella had returned and so wasn’t paying attention to her movements.
She added he was waiting for the rain to ease before putting a cover on the pool.
Cleyton saved Bella, although her mother Karlla Araújo, 28, said her daughter had since become afraid to even take a bath because of her experience in the water
Karlla Araújo’s 14-month-old daughter Bella almost drowned in Matrincha when she climbed into the family swimming pool when her parents weren’t looking
In the days after the incident on September 12 Karlla realised her daughter had become terrified of water and even became agitated when being washed in a bath.
She posted the video online to alert other families of the dangers of swimming pools and of always being aware even when risk seems low.
‘God saved us from the worst but may this episode serve as a warning to all parents,’ she said.