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Groom leaps into action during wedding shoot to save drowning boy

/ Source: TODAY

A bride and groom's big day took an unexpected turn while they were shooting their wedding photos.

Brittany and Clayton Cook were taking wedding photos with photographer Darren Hatt at a park in Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 22 when a small boy fell into a nearby river. Clayton Cook, who was standing to the side as his new wife was photographed for her bridal portraits, saw the child fall and jumped to the rescue.

“I was taking photos of the bride and my back was to the river, and shortly into that she exclaimed,” Hatt told TODAY. “Just as quickly as I turned around everything was taken care of.”

The bride and Hatt ran over to make sure everyone was all right.

The bride and groom smile for a photo on their beautiful (and eventful) wedding day.Hatt Photography

Hatt said the young boy had been playing with a couple of his friends when things got scary.

“(Cook) moved very quickly and snatched the kid up out of the water,” said Hatt.

Hatt, who said the event was “over as soon as it started,” noted that no one was supervising the child at the time. After the rescue, Hatt said a woman came over and escorted the child away from the scene.

Hatt posted photos of the incident on his Facebook page, where they quickly received over 10,000 likes and 3,300 shares.

“It sort of didn’t dawn on us immediately how serious it could have been,” said Hatt. “We were glad we were there, otherwise it could have well gone unnoticed.”