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DROWNING DRAMA; Hero dad rescues holiday boy from bottom of pool.

Byline: Jean Parry

VALLEYS dad Ian Caulfield sprang into life-saving action just hours into a family holiday in Majorca.

Father-of-two, Ian, 38, from Hengoed, did not hesitate when he spotted the lifeless body of little Scott Jackson, five, at the bottom of the hotel swimming pool.

He said it was every parent's nightmare.

'Instinct took over. I brought him out while my wife Belinda went for help from the lifeguards,' said Mr Caulfield, meat manager at Somerfield's in Tonypandy.

Like the Caulfields, the five-year-old from Stoke was on the first day of his family holiday at the hotel complex in Arenal when the incident happened.

'His dad Jack had only gone away for seconds and came back to see Scott being worked on by the lifeguard. It was a simple accident.

'He was foaming at the mouth and ears and his dad, who was a large guy, was in tears, just praying for him to breathe,' said Mr Caulfield.

Scott was taken to hospital and was in a coma for two days before coming around.

He spent a further three days undergoing brain scans to check there was no lasting damage.

The traumatic events on what should have been a relaxing two-week break for Mr Caulfield, his wife and two daughters Kayleigh, 11, and Samantha, eight, will stay with the family forever but have had a positive outcome.

The Jacksons were given a free extra week's holiday by the hotel which has since employed an extra lifeguard at the swimming pool.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 7, 2003
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