American country music singer Granger Smith shares video of her son’s ‘self-rescue’ in honor of her late son River
American country music singer Granger Smith and his wife, Amber, lost their three-year-old son, River, in a drowning incident in 2019.
Now Smith, 42, has shared a video of his toddler son Maverick completing a self-rescue lesson and “swimming” in honor of River.
The video shows a trained swimming instructor holding the young Maverick in a pool before dropping him into the water unaided. Watch the video above.
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Maverick falls into the water face down, but suddenly twists and floats on the surface of the water. A second later, his mouth emerges from under the water and he begins to cry.
In the caption, Smith explained the significance of her video.
“Never thought I’d post something like this but my mind is blown,” he wrote.
“It’s a of our 8 month old Maverick during his tenth ISR (baby swim rescue) lesson.
“He’s wearing full clothes and a diaper. He can barely crawl, but now he can hold his breath, twist his body, find air, float on his back and cry.”
Smith said his son can now swim falling head first, feet first or from “any orientation”, explaining that Maverick now has the skills to “float until help comes “.
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Wife Amber too shared a post from Maverick’s Self-Rescue Lessonrecognizing the idea can seem “scary” to parents.
“It may sound scary when you see a video of a crying baby falling into a body of water,” she wrote in the caption. “You know what’s scariest and most painful? Losing a child to a fatal drowning.
“It was not easy for me,” she added. “Seeing him cry those early lessons, I wanted to pick it up right away, but I trusted the process and saw it worked every step of the way!”
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At the end of Granger’s caption, he added a warning for parents never to try Infant Self-Rescue without a professional.
“NEVER attempt ISR without a qualified instructor,” he warned.
“Maverick is in no pain or danger. I was unable to attend these classes due to my own vulnerabilities, but @amberemilysmith is an absolute rockstar and feels obligated to the public to share this message.”
He ended his post with a tribute to River: “Spread the word. River’s life mattered. He’s saving thousands more. Listen to me.”
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