It happened two years ago in the summer of 2009 when I was 9. I went to the river with my classmates. I couldn’t swim and had a special rescue rubber life belt for bathing. Then somebody called me, I turned around and I was suddenly blown with the wind. It was awful! I couldn’t touch the ground with my feet. I cried for help but nobody heard me. Only one girl from our village saw it and swam to me. She held on to me and brought me to the bank. I was frightened and unconscious but alive. The children made a call to the ambulance and I was brought to the hospital. In the evening my mother came and took me home. I was safe. That girl, her name is Ann, is my best friend. I often recall that episode and learned to swim that summer.
Diana, 11, Belarus