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A groom jumped into a river to save a child from drowning during a wedding photoshoot

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A couple’s recent wedding photoshoot in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada was interrupted when the bridegroom jumped into a river to save a young boy from drowning, according to the BBC.

The BBC on Tuesday reported that Clayton and Brittany Cook were posing for images on a park bridge when they noticed a child struggling in the nearby body of water.

Clayton Cook plunged into the river with no thought for his suit, saving the boy in a rescue that his wedding photographer captured on camera.

Images of Clayton Cook safely returning the child to his friends on shore while wearing the outfit have since gone viral.


“For several minutes these kids were following us, and I was keeping an eye on them because they were standing close to the water,” Clayton Cook told the BBC Tuesday while describing the incident.

“Then while Brittany was getting her solo shots taken I realized only two were standing on the rock ledge,” he added.

“I saw the boy in the water struggling to keep his head up. That’s when I jumped down. I just kind of plucked him out and he was OK.”

The BBC reported that the boy seemed safe, if a little shaken, following his rescue, and then ventured off with an older sibling.

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Brittany Cook on Sunday told CTV News that her husband’s selfless action is part of his overall character.

“That’s Clay, like that’s Clay to me,” she said. “It’s something he would just instinctively do. It was like fate almost – we were meant to be there.”

Wedding photographer Darren Hatt said he has since posted two pictures of the incident’s aftermath on his Facebook that have since generated a large reaction online.

“It was a commendable thing that he did and he sprang into action incredibly quick,” he said of Clayton Cook. “Almost as soon as I realized what was going on, he had already saved the day.”

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