8-year-old girl saves older boy from drowning despite not being able to swim

Way to go, Tierney.


How far would you go to help a stranger in need? When we notice someone is in danger or in need of help, some of us decide to turn a blind eye, while the rest would go the extra mile without hesitation.

It was a hot day in Scotland and one 8-year-old girl named Tierney Batt was enjoying near the cool water of the River Tay’s Moncreiffe Island in Perth in an attempt to get away from the high temperatures when she heard someone screaming. As she ran closer to the river, she noticed a boy in distress who was struggling to stay afloat.

Tierney doesn’t know how to swim, but that didn’t stop her from getting in the water. She did all she could in order to keep the boy’s head above the water. Had it not been for her bravery, a tragedy could take place.

Luckily, the boy, Cayden Peterson, managed to get out of the water safe and sound. His mother, Kerry, said Tierney was “incredibly brave, calm and simply amazing” for what she did, as per the Daily Record.

“For a young child she did something some adults might not have thought about,” she added.

“I can’t express just how grateful I am – things could have been very different if she hadn’t helped him. She put herself in a situation of danger too, so I’m just so happy they’re both okay.”

Tierney’s dad Greig said he is glad his daughter helped save a life but added that he was fearful.

“Proud isn’t the word,” he told the Daily Record. “The whole family were so nice, they thanked us so much and Kerry sent me a message on Facebook just saying how grateful they were.”

Speaking of how her son ended under water, Kerry said:

“The water might look still and you might think it’s not too deep, but my son had his feet on the bottom of the river.

“All of a sudden it dropped and he couldn’t touch the bottom, and there was an undercurrent.”

Luckily, this situation ended the good way all thanks to Tierney’s heroic act. She’s such a brave young girl.