Boy earns hero award for saving dad

Published: September 12, 2006 | 4726th good news item since 2003

An eight-year-old Cairns boy who rescued his drowning father has been named Young Hero of the Year by the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).

Kyle Collins was honoured in Brisbane on Tuesday for saving his father Michael, who suffered a serious spine injury and became paralysed after diving into their family pool in north Queensland on December 12 last year.

Kyle pulled his 37-year-old dad from the bottom of the pool, kept his head above water and screamed for help in what QAS Commissioner Jim Higgins described as “remarkable”.

“I just went into the pool, and then I carried him up and put him on the stairs,” a modest Kyle, who turned nine in June, told the Seven Network.

Mr Higgins was today still shaking his head in amazement at Kyle’s bravery.

“Kyle’s brave actions meant his father is around today to tell the story,” he said.

“Remarkably Kyle’s father is around the 100kg mark and about 180cm tall and Kyle is only about 23kg, which shows the effort it would have taken the young boy.

“His ability to keep his father’s head above water whilst calling for help undoubtedly saved him from drowning.

“His brave act ensured his father could breathe and his mother was alerted to call triple zero.”

Mr Higgins said QAS officers were able to stabilise Mr Collins quickly and transport him to Cairns Base Hospital for further treatment thanks to Kyle.

Published in Heroes, Kids & Teens, Rescues
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