Florida boy, 9, saves dad who fractured his neck in swimming accident

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Florida man who fractured his neck in a swimming accident over the weekend has his 9-year-old son to thank for saving his life.

The day at Quietwater Beach in Pensacola turned tragic for Josh Williams and his family when he dove into shallow water and struck his head on the bottom, according to a report.

He was saved by his son Asaih Williams who had dived into the water ahead of him, the Pensacola News Journal reports.

“All I remember was that he said he broke his neck and he said he was scared,” Asaih told the paper. “I had a little time limit in my head. If I jump in and the person I’m jumping with in that certain amount of time (doesn’t come up), I go after them.”

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