Young Hero Says ‘Just Doing What’s Needed’

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When their teacher asks the students in his class, 'What did you do on your summer vacation,' ten-year-old Austin Beach will have them all gaping with wide eyes.  On July 18, his family was vacationing in Destin, Florida. It was Austin's birthday and he couldn't wait to dive into the pool. When he did, he discovered a toddler limp at the bottom of the pool.  The hotel's security video revealed a four-year-old girl had wandered away from her mom and fallen in. She struggled for more than a minute, makes it to the surface and gasps for air, then sinks and becomes still.  The Mississippi boy opened his eyes underwater. "I saw her laying right there on the bottom of the pool, by the drain… (and) I went to go save her."

When their teacher asks the students in his class, ‘What did you do on your summer vacation,’ ten-year-old Austin Beach will have them all gaping with wide eyes.

On July 18, his family was vacationing in Destin, Florida. It was Austin’s birthday and he couldn’t wait to dive into the pool. When he did, he discovered a toddler limp at the bottom of the pool.

The hotel’s security video revealed a four-year-old girl had wandered away from her mom and fallen in. She struggled for more than a minute, makes it to the surface and gasps for air, then sinks and becomes still.

The Mississippi boy opened his eyes underwater. “I saw her laying right there on the bottom of the pool, by the drain… (and) I went to go save her.”

“He’s not like other kids,” said Kelly Beach, Austin’s mom. “He will do anything to put a smile…

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