Eamon Sullivan nearly drowned as a kid

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Australia’s star swimmer Eamon Sullivan could easily have become just another drowning statistic when, as a toddler, he accidentally rode into his family’s backyard pool. It was only the vigilance of his parents that saved him, and now the 26-year-old repays his fortune by helping Royal Life Saving, Uncle Tobys and Barnados teach disadvantaged children about water safety.

“There are a lot of unfortunate families – the kids escape their view and fall in the pool,” Sullivan said of his own experience.

“I was lucky, I could have been one of the unlucky ones.”

“It is as important a skill as being able to read and write. It is a life-threatening thing if you don’t get it right,” he said.

Read more here in the Daily Telegraph, plus here about why CPR must be taught in schools as part of the national curriculum. See also SwimKids

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