- A brave man identified as Jonathan Bauer has finally spoken out about an incident in which he had to jump off a bridge to rescue a two-year-old child
- Bauer recently spoke in a press conference after a car accident took place on the Route 90 bridge in Ocean City, United States and a child had been thrown out of a vehicle
- The Ocean City Fire department confirmed the incident, saying the toddler was rescued and flown to a nearby hospital
A Good Samaritan known as Jonathan Bauer has revealed what drove him to save the life of a two-year-old girl. Bauer jumped off a 25-metre bridge into a Maryland bay last Sunday and has shared his version of events.
According to TODAY, Bauer was reluctant to reveal his identity after the heroic rescue of the young girl.
However, Bauer has since recounted during a recent press conference what happened in the five-car accident on the Route 90 bridge in Ocean City that led to the toddler being thrown into Assawoman Bay.
Bauer was quoted by TODAY:
“I saw the car seat and some other items and about six feet away from the car seat was a little girl. She was on her back completely floating, head completely out of the water, arms moving, legs kicking, and a little pink dress.”
The man, who has received praise for his bravery, says when he saw the toddler flip over and her head become submerged under water, he told his 13-year-old daughter, Ava, to flag down the first firefighter. He added:
“I popped up, swam over to the girl, lifted her out of the water, and looked at her. Her mouth was open, her eyes were semi-open and then I put her against my shoulder very high and aggressively patted her on the back.”
Two of the bystanders in the form of Joe and Alayna Oertel said the most important thing was to rescue the girl.
Joe told TODAY:
“It was more about making sure that the baby was safe and she was safe. He was in some tremendous shock himself… It says a lot about some people’s demeanour, just doing the right thing when you've got to do it.”
The Ocean City Fire department has also confirmed the incident in a statement on Facebook.
“During the collision, one paediatric patient was ejected from the car teetering over the guardrail and landed into the Assawoman Bay. A Good Samaritan immediately jumped over the guardrail and into the bay, rescuing the infant.
“Firefighters secured the vehicle with rescue tools while paramedics treated multiple priority patients. Seven patients were transported by ground to various hospitals while the paediatric patient was flown to Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital.”
The NYPost also carried a story on Bauer as he leaped from a Maryland bridge to save a drowning toddler, the humble hero recalled the harrowing rescue. Bauer is quoted by NYPost:
“I saw the car seat and some other items,” Jonathan Bauer said,
Briefly News previously reported that a man was treated to a shopping spree as a thank-you for his kindness.
He takes care of his blind mother and also helps the rest of his struggling family. Local philanthropist, Given the Giver, took to social media to share the story of the unnamed man.
According to the post, he takes care of his visually impaired mother and helped his family get IDs so they could receive disability grants.
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Source: Briefly News