Mother whose tod­dler nearly drowned is to be­come a swim­ming in­struc­tor for ba­bies

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A MOTHER whose two-year-old daugh­ter fell in a river on a camp­ing hol­i­day is to be­come a baby swim­ming in­struc­tor.

Susanna Mur­doch, 30, was just feet away when tod­dler Bella stum­bled while pad­dling in a shal­low sec­tion of the River Al­mond near Aber­feldy, Perthshire.

Bella, who had been given swim­ming pool lessons from five months, in­stinc­tively started to swim on her own.

Mother of two Susanna, from Cri­eff, reached her daugh­ter within sec­onds, but she is now de­ter­mined to help teach other ba­bies to swim.

Speak­ing ahead of Na­tional Baby Swim­ming Week, which starts on

Bella as a baby learn­ing to swim.

Mon­day, she said: “Water is part of our lives, es­pe­cially where we live, which has rivers ev­ery­where, so it made sense to get Bella en­rolled for swim­ming classes when she was very young.

“We go camp­ing ev­ery year in the Sma’ Glen with

Bella gets ready for her lessons.

other fam­i­lies, and there is an area by the river where we do dishes.

“I looked up and could see Bella pad­dling and hav­ing a splash and en­joy­ing her­self.

“I turned my head away for a sec­ond and looked over again and she’d

fallen. She’d pad­dled a bit too far and lost her foot­ing and just in­stinc­tively started swim­ming.

“I went into the water and scooped her up. It was deep enough for a small child and it was cold. It could have been so much worse.”

Pic­tures: Mike Day

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