10-year-old rescues boy from deep end of the pool

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH,SC (WMBF) - With a splash, everything can change. Lakisha Artis found this out the hard way when her 5-year-old son almost drowned in the deep end at their hotel pool.

Artis wasn't at the pool at the time of the incident, something she is happy about.

"I'm glad I wasn't there because I would've panicked," she said.

Luckily for Artis, someone came to her son's rescue.

"I went over and said, 'Are you OK?'" 10-year-old Dylan McKinney recalled. "And he just went down, so I went down and grabbed him."

Dylan's mom, April McKinney, said she is proud of her son's heroic deed.

"He's always like a little protector, so I'm not surprised," she said.

Dylan said it was one of his favorite vacations "because I saved that kid."

Dylan wants to be a rescue diver one day, just like his grandpa. His mom said he is off to a good start.

As for Artis, it's one vacation she will remember as well, and she will learn from it.

"I hope it doesn't happen again," she said. "I'll be around when he's in the pool from now on."

Myrtle Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad Capt. Dawn-Marie Whitton says that is the best way to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.

"Always watch your kids," she said. "Especially the little ones that may not be good swimmers."

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