Talk about right place, right time! Clayton and Brittany Cook of Ontario had just exchanged vows and were taking photos in a picturesque clearing when near-tragedy struck.
The newlyweds spotted a young boy struggling in a river nearby, and without a second thought, Clayton dashed over to help, jumping into the water fully clothed in his wedding attire. Darren Hatt from Hatt Photography, who was snapping the post-ceremony photos, quickly turned her lens over to the action and captured the entire improbable incident with her camera.
“It all happened rather quickly,” Hatt tells The Knot. “But I was shocked to see the groom standing at the edge of the river holding a small child by the arm.”
Hatt took to Facebook to share photos from the incident, which have since gone viral. In the touching images, Clayton appears to be drenched from head to toe as he helps the young lad back onto solid ground. The post has over 3,000 shares and many more reactions.
“A special shout out to last night’s groom Clayton!” the photographer wrote on his Facebook page. “While I was taking solo pictures of the bride this little guy was pushed into the river behind me by another child. By the time the bride noticed and shouted out, Clayton had already jumped down and brought him to safety. His quick action saved the little guy who was struggling to swim. Well done sir!”
According to Hatt, the child ran back to his family after being saved. “I imagine he was a little scared,” he says.
According to the BBC, Brittany wasn’t surprised by her now-husband’s selfless act. “That’s Clay to me,” she said. “It’s something he would just instinctively do.”
Hatt says that as a photographer, he’s conditioned to capture moments that take place during the couples’ wedding days–even those unexpected surprises. “I didn’t really think before shooting it. I was there to capture their day and this happened to fall within the six hours I was present,” he concludes to The Knot. “As a wedding photographer, spontaneous moments happen all around you.”