Riley Greaves, 8, saved his brother Ethan, 4, of East Lismore from drowning in a local swimming pool when he noticed his brother has got into strife.
Riley Greaves, 8, saved his brother Ethan, 4, of East Lismore from drowning in a local swimming pool when he noticed his brother has got into strife. Marc Stapelberg

Ethan knows big brother Riley is a real-life super hero

WHEN Riley Greaves saw his four-year-old brother Ethan slip and go under the water in a local swimming pool last weekend, his first thought was that he might not be celebrating Christmas with his little brother.

"He was coming over to try and tell me something and I saw he had a red face so I picked him up and took him where he could touch the bottom," eight-year-old Riley of East Lismore said.

"When I got him he was coughing up water and he spewed.

"I was worried about him dying because I didn't want him to drown before Christmas."

A confident swimmer, Riley said he wouldn't hesitate to jump in and rescue anyone he saw in distress again.

"I don't want anyone to die and I don't want anyone to drown," he said.

Riley said spending the day with his brother and parents Craig and Kathryn was the best present he could wish for.

Riley Greaves, 8, saved his borther Ethan, 4, of East Lismore from drowning in a local swimming pool when he noticed his brother has got into strife. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Riley Greaves, 8, saved his borther Ethan, 4, of East Lismore from drowning in a local swimming pool when he noticed his brother has got into strife. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Full of praise for her quick-thinking son, Mrs Greaves said Riley was rattled by the close call.

"Riley said when he reached Ethan his face was red and his eyes were rolling back in his head," Mrs Greaves said.

"He grabbed him, got his head above water and dragged him to the side.

"I was on my way over there but I wouldn't have gotten there in time.

"After it happened Riley just wasn't himself, he kept saying how Ethan's face was so red and he thought he nearly drowned."

"I was in shock myself because it was just so close to not having a very good Christmas," Mrs Greaves said.

"It happened so fast, it was unbelievable, you just don't expect that sort of thing to happen."

With five adults and five children in close proximity to Ethan, Mrs Greaves said she was amazed nobody else saw her son struggling.

A visit to the GP gave Ethan a clean bill of health to celebrate Christmas with his family.



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