The photographer caught all the heart-stopping action.
Darren Hatt was the wedding photographer on the scene that day. When Cook had to go into the water, Hatt’s attention was quickly drawn away from the beautiful bride and trained on the terrifying situation in the water. He related his account to the BBC.
“As soon as I could turn around he had already plunked him on the ground outside the river.”
The pictures say it all, and the internet agrees.
Hatt’s amazing photographs have now gone viral, and for good reason. In the picture above, Cook is shown post-jump and soaking wet, his grip tightly holding onto the little boy who fell in. Although terrifying, Cook’s response to the brave action was unassuming and admirable.
“I just kind of plucked him out and he was okay,” he said.
He may have ended up with a wet suit, but it was all worth it. No groom expects to end up with his wedding-day outfit sopping wet and clinging, but Cook’s heroic rescue overshadowed everything else. This little boy was extremely lucky to have such an alert and brave onlooker to fish him out just in time. In the blink of an eye, things could’ve easily gone much worse.
Social media agrees that Cook went above and beyond.
When the internet caught wind of what Cook had done, there was nothing but praise for the amazing groom, as his selflessness is hard to ignore. Twitter user, @LauraLapointe26 summed up admirers’ thoughts pretty well when she posted this tweet.
What’s a little wedding delay when it means saving a life?
The bride and everyone else surely agrees with this sentiment.
If Brittany Cook had any reservations about her future husband’s courage and quick thinking under pressure, there’s no doubt the day’s events put them to rest. When asked about her new husband’s heroic act, the bride said, “We’d like to think most people would probably make the same choice.
Twitter user @The_Real_G_S put it well when he called Cook a a superhero. We have to agree.
All's well that ends well. And everything seems to be fantastic.
Brittany Cook spoke lovingly about her husband and his now-viral save. It’s hard not to imagine these two aren’t meant for each other.
“That’s Clay to me,” she said. “It’s something he would just instinctively do.”
We wish the hero and his bride the best.