On this very hot day, Tuesday afternoon, shortly before 3 p.m., several children were cooling off in Hyères, near the Kergroas bridge, in the hamlet of Petit-Carhaix, in the town of Carhaix. A 68-year-old father was watching them from the shore when one of his children, a girl under ten, lost his footing. The father, who could not swim, tried to retrieve her by jumping into the water but was washed away by the river. By his cries, he nevertheless managed to alert a local resident.
“A heroic act”
This young woman quickly left her home and tried to save the girl and her father. Not knowing how to swim herself, it was from the shore that she helped them get back to the shore, before calling the firefighters. Once there, shortly after 3 p.m., the Carhaix firefighters and gendarmerie took care of the father and the girl. The latter, naturally shocked, is unharmed. His father, who had ingested a large amount of water, seemed out of the woods, but was still taken to Carhaix hospital for examinations. “Without the young neighbor, this incident could have turned into a tragedy”, underlines a witness who qualifies the altruistic gesture of the young woman of “heroic action”.
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