12-year-old girl saves 2 preschoolers from drowning in deep pond

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Nguyen Thi Van Anh (R) stands near a deep pond where she saved two little boys on October 31. Photo: Hoang Lam/Dan Tri Nguyen Thi Van Anh (R) stands near a deep pond where she saved two little boys on October 31. Photo: Hoang Lam/Dan Tri

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Teachers at a high school in Nghe An Province on Monday praised a sixth grader who rescued two little boys from a deep pond late last month.
Nguyen Thi Van Anh, 12, was taking her cows home from the field at around 4:30 p.m. on October 31 while she heard a girl shouting for help near the pond. 
She ran over and saw the two boys struggling in the four-meter-deep pond. She saved them. 
“One of the boys had drunk too much water. I had to hold him upside down, grabbing his ankles, until he threw up,” said the girl, explaining that her father taught her how to rescue drowning people. 
Anh started swimming at the age of seven. 
Nguyen Thi Tam, mother of one of the boys, on Sunday said she was still scared when thinking about that afternoon.
“The boys could have died if Van had not been there,” said Tam. “I heard the news and I could hardly walk. After seeing my son standing, totally soaked and pale but alive, I felt relieved.”
 Nguyen Thi Van Anh in her class at Nghi Van Secondary School, Nghe An Province. Photo: Pham Duc
 

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