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Doncaster mum’s search for heroic stranger

Pam Presley, of Hyde Park with her son Logan, two, was saved by a stranger after Logan almost drowned at Sandall Park lake. Picture: Andrew Roe

Pam Presley, of Hyde Park with her son Logan, two, was saved by a stranger after Logan almost drowned at Sandall Park lake. Picture: Andrew Roe

The mum of a little boy who almost drowned has embarked on a search to find the identity of the heroic stranger who saved his life.

Pam Presley, 20, was enjoying a walk in the sunshine at Sandall Park with her two-year-old son, Logan, when suddenly the tot charged towards the lake and fell in the water within a matter of seconds.

The young mum was racked with fear and despite not being a strong swimmer jumped into the lake and began desperately trying to reach the youngster.

But it was not until a stranger in his 50s who was walking past ran and jumped and grabbed him that little Logan was taken to safety.

And now Pam, of Cooper Street in Hyde Park, is appealing for help to find the man who stopped her son from drowning.

“It happened in a matter of seconds. It was the worst moment of my life, and I’m so unbelievably grateful to him for what he did,” said Pam.

She added: “I hate to think what would have happened if he hadn’t been walking past.”

“It was like an instinct kicked for him, like he knew Logan for his entire life. It was amazing.”

“I was stood on a platform in the lake and I was trying to reach him but couldn’t quite get to him.”

“The man was using a walking stick, but ran when he saw what had happened to Logan. His wife told us that it was the fastest she’d ever seen him run.”

“I really thought I’d lost him for a moment there.”

Pam says she was in a state of shock after the incident happened, and did not take the strangers name, but remembers that the man and his wife helped to comfort her and Logan and gave her advise about the quickest way of warming the youngster up before taking him home.

“Logan is okay now, and is back to his normal happy self, but I can’t stop replaying what happened in my mind over and over again.”

“I would really like to meet the stranger and his wife and tell them just how grateful we are for what he did for Logan. I’m not sure he would be here today if it was not for him.”

Pam describes the have-a-go hero as being in his 50s and having poor mobility.

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