Security officer dives into pool to save boy

Security officer dives into pool to save boy
(Left) Prince Adesanya Gabriel Aderemi, 53, and his son Raphael, 6, with the man who jumped into a swimming pool to save Raphael from drowning, (right) security officer Jeyaseelan s/o Jaganathan, 43.

SINGAPORE- When security officer Jeyaseelan Jaganathan saw a young boy floating face-down in the swimming pool of the condominium where he works, all he could think of was his own seven-year-old daughter.

He had run from the guardhouse after a resident alerted him. He immediately dived in to save six-year-old Raphael.

Last week, he met the boy and his father, Mr Prince Adesanya Gabriel Aderemi, 53, for the first time since the Nov 8 incident.

"I owe him my boy's life. Without him, my son would have been dead," said Mr Adesanya, an accountant.

The Singapore permanent resident, who is originally from Nigeria, is married to Singaporean Elizabeth Adesanya, 40, a security supervisor. They have two other children aged four and nine.

On that day, Raphael was attending a poolside birthday party at Kovan Residences condominium with his mother and two siblings.

No one saw how Raphael entered the pool, said Mr Adesanya, who was working then.

Raphael's mother was in their host's apartment and found out about the incident only when she heard a commotion at about 8.30pm.

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