Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Canadian groom saves drowning boy on wedding day

Canadian groom saves drowning boy on wedding day

A groom made a big slash on his big day, plucking a young boy from the water after he fell in at Kitchener's Victoria Park this weekend - captured by a London photographer whose photos are starting to go viral online.

A Canadian couple had only been married for a couple of minutes when the groom ran off and jumped into a river to save a boy's life.

The couple and the photographer, Darren Hatt, said it appeared that another child pushed the boy into the water while they were playing in the park.

Cook, who had to go back to the reception in a soaking wet suit, got a hero's welcome when guests heard the story. "He ingested water and there was mucous coming out of his nose", Hatt told London's CTV news.

"Then while Brittany was getting her solo shots taken I realised only two were standing on the rock ledge".

In the photos, you can see a well-dressed Clayton Cook in the almost waist-high water pulling the drenched boy safely onto dry land.

Groom Clayton Cook lifts the boy onto dry land. "Well done sir!" Mr Hatt posted on his business Facebook page.

"Luckily, he was only a little guy...and I honestly just sort of hopped him up".

"It was a commendable thing that he did and he sprung into action incredibly quick", Hatt said. By the time the bride noticed and shouted out, Clayton had already jumped down and brought him to safety.

The bride said she wasn't even surprised by her husband's heroic actions. "That's Clay to me, it's something he would just instinctively do", she said.

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