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Warrington mum thanks men who rescued her three-year-old from the Mersey
2:12pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A MUM from Warrington has thanked two Mersey Ferries crew men who jumped into the Mersey to rescue her three-year-old daughter after she fell from the deck of a boat.
The incident happened on Monday when the Snowdrop was berthed at Seacombe just before 2.30pm when the toddler fell into the Mersey.
Captain’s mate, 38-year-old Ricardo Ermocilla was on board and chief engineer Ste Murphy, aged 41, had just finished his shift and was on the quayside when they rushed to the rescue.
The mum and daughter, who do not wish to be named, had been on a day trip to Liverpool.
Ste said: “I was the first to see her from the quayside. I’d heard a couple of bangs and a splash and saw a woman looking down from the boat into the water screaming.
“My first thought was that she’d lost her bag, but then I heard somebody shout “it’s a baby”. I looked into the water and saw her with her arms and head back, just like you’d be taught in a swimming lesson.
“There’s no doubt her padded coat was keeping her afloat.”
Ricardo added: “People had begun to disembark when I heard the captain say that somebody had gone into the water. I heard shouting and screaming.
“I went to the top deck but couldn’t get near the side of the boat as there were too many people crowded around the side looking out. I rushed to the main deck, looked over and saw a little pink coat floating in the water.
“I shouted “I’m going in”, took my shoes off and jumped into the water. It was instinct.”
The three-year-old was partly hidden under the fender – the buffer between the ship and quayside.
Ricardo added: “The first thing I saw when I grabbed her were big blue eyes looking up at me in shock. I remember saying “I’ve got you now”. She started to cry which made me feel so much better as it meant she was breathing.
“By this point I’d begun to feel the water. It was so cold it was practically burning. All my muscles had frozen, I couldn’t move and I felt so tired.”
“I’d been following Ste’s voice. He was directing me to the girl and telling me what to do once I’d got her.
“It was then I saw his hand, what I now call “the hand of God”, sticking out from under the fender. He grabbed me, pulled me in, took the girl from me, lifted her up and put her on his chest.”
Thanking the men who helped save her daughter the mum said: “We can’t explain how grateful we are to the crew who saved our daughter’s life.
“They went into the water without even thinking about it. It all happened so quickly.
“One minute she was in the Mersey, and the next she was being pulled out.
“The staff on the quayside couldn’t do enough to help either. They were extremely efficient, wrapping her up and calling an ambulance immediately. All they wanted to do was help her.
“It was a horrific experience, but one that puts your faith in human nature.”
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