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