A FATHER who can not swim was saved from drowning by his nine-year-old son after he slipped into the deep end of a swimming pool during a family holiday.
Burley Garbutt, of Langley Road, North Shields, was enjoying playing in the outdoor pool with his son Aidan during the holiday in Ibiza when he accidentally ended up in deep water where he could not touch the bottom.
He started to panic as he struggled to keep his head above water and started to sink.
Aidan reacted instantly and swam across to the deep end of the pool where he took hold of his father and pulled him to safety.
Burley, 47, said he and Aidan were the only people in the pool as his partner Beverly and his 11-year-old daughter Lorran slept on sun loungers nearby.
“No one else was around and we were playing in the pool with the ball,” he said.
“I just stepped and fell into the deep end.
“I was panicking like mad and I was gulping water.
“I could hear Aidan shout ‘mum dad is drowning’.
“I went under water and I thought that was it, I had no more energy.
“Then Aidan jumped in, put his arm around me and pulled me over to the ledge.”
The family later told one of the entertainers at the hotel about Aidan’s act of bravery and he was presented with a certificate.
Aidan, a pupil at Collingwood Primary School in North Shields, said: “When it happened I thought my dad was joking at first.
“But I shouted for my mum and jumped straight in to save my dad.”
Burley an upholsterer, never learned how to swim because of his fear of water, but he is now looking into taking lessons.
He said: “It was the most frightening thing I have ever encountered in my life.
“I dread to think what would have happened if Aidan had not of been there.
“I’m so proud. He saved my life.
“I’m really thinking of learning how to swim now.”