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Boy saves drowning brother by imitating his favourite film

A 10-year-old boy who found his little brother floating face-down in a swimming pool managed to save his life by copying moves from a Hollywood film.

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A 10-year-old boy who found his little brother floating face-down in a swimming pool managed to save his life by copying moves from a Hollywood film.

Jacob O’Connor from Roseville, Michigan didn’t run to find help when he discovered his two-year-old brother, Dylan, but instead pulled him out of the water and started chest compressions, just as he had seen in “San Andreas”.

After Jacob’s quick thinking, his brother was rushed straight to hospital where he made a full recovery.


Dylan is “well now and has no neurological damage or any lasting effects”.

Star of the film, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Tweeted calling Jacob a “real life hero” when he learned of the incident.


“I’m amazed at what Jacob did. I’m so proud of him,” said Christa O’Connor, the boys’ mother.

“I’m surprised Jacob remembered what he’d seen in the film but it’s one of his favourites and he’d seen it the week before.”

Jacob appeared to be taking his newfound “hero” status in his stride.

“In most movies, that’s what they do. They try to save the person first, and if it’s not working, they go get someone,” he said.

The boys were being supervised with their grandmother while their mother was at work but Dylan had managed to sneak out of the house without anyone noticing.