ARGENTINE lifeguard Macarena Cobrujo has been declared a hero after jumping into rough seas to rescue a 10-year-old boy from drowning.
The beach of Can Pere Antoni, in Palma de Mallorca had been issued a red and yellow flag due to sea conditions, but Cobrujo stayed on the beach to keep an eye on the rough seas.
She spotted a small boy in difficulties around 200m from the shore along the buoy line.
“He was a beautiful baby, I shouted at him to hold on, and that I was going to pull him out.” explained Cobrujo.
Without hesitation she entered the water without any safety aids or equipment to rescue the boy.
“The sea was pulling very hard. Although I can endure hours at sea, I knew the risk I faced.”
With the sea in such poor conditions she realised once she reached the boy she would not be able to take him back to shore in time to revive him so she dragged him to a nearby buoy and performed CPR.
The boy regained consciousness a few minutes later and he was brought back to the shore and received immediate medical attention.
He is now thought to be doing well and has been transferred to a nearby hospital.
Cobrujo has received huge praise for her efforts from the Spanish public as well as the local mayor and all her work colleagues.