The mother of a Derry toddler who “almost drowned” after falling into a water-filled trench on a Galliagh housing estate has praised the eight year- old schoolgirl who “saved his life”.
Ciara Moore’s three-and-a-half-year-old son, Taylor, was outside his grandmother’s home at Elaghmore Park on Sunday evening when the terrifying incident happened.
Speaking to the ‘Derry Journal’ today she said: “We’re not sure exactly what happened but the wee girl who saved Taylor said he was completely submerged and all she could see was his fingers sticking out of the water.
“I have no idea how she did it but she managed to pull him out. She probably saved his life. She’s a real hero. I can’t thank her enough. But for her, my wee boy could have drowned.”
Ciara said the trench - excavated as part of gas pipeline laying work in the area - filled with water as a result of Saturday’s torrential downpours in Derry.
“There had been barriers around the hole - but nothing covering it,” claimed Ciara. “What more of an invitation does a child need?”
A spokesperson for firmus energy - which is carrying out work in the area - said the trench had been appropriately secured on Friday afternoon but was vandalised during the weekend, leaving it without sufficient protective barriers.
“This was an act of mindless vandalism which could have had very serious consequences,” said the spokesperson.
See Friday’s Journal for more.