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A man has been hailed as a hero after he selflessly jumped into shallow waters to save a drowning toddler - and now the hero has been identified...

In today's current climate, a bit of happy news has never been so important.

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For the last year, our headlines have been dominated with nothing but devastating news regarding the ongoing medical pandemic.

And, boy, are we ready for it to end.

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We are quite simply sick of all this dreary and depressing news and are desperate for a good, old-fashioned, feel-good story.

Well, you're in luck.

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News has come in this week of the sheer bravery and selflessness of a teenage boy, and it is guaranteed to restore all of your faith in humanity.

Now, people, in general, aren't always portrayed in the most positive of lights.

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It can be easy to think that we're all just inherently rotten at our cores...

But one man has proven that this isn't always the case.

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With a truly heartwarming tale that has the internet feeling emotional.

There was a multi-vehicle crash on the Route 90 bridge in Ocean City, Maryland, this weekend.

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During which, a twenty-three-month-old child fell into the water at Assawoman Bay.

But a man who had also been involved in the crash spotted the falling toddler.

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And, after seeing her fall, didn't hesitate to jump from the bridge into the water.

The water was 25ft below the bridge, but only 5ft deep, making the jump highly dangerous.

"He just jumped into action. He saved a 23-month-old child. There's no doubt in our mind that if he had not did what he did when he did it that we would be having a different headline to this story," firefighter and medic at Ocean City Fire Department, Ryan Whittington told CNN.

"For as much tragedy that you see there, the outcome has really been a successful one. It was a very fortunate day for a lot of people who experienced traumatic injury."

But the hero was initially kept anonymous.

"The real hero in this situation is the good Samaritan that jumped in to provide life saving measures for the infant. I'd like to shake his hand or buy him a beer or both someday."

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The hero has now been named as Jonathan Bauer.

"I saw the car seat and some other items," he shared. "And about six feet away from the car seat was a little girl. She was on her back completely floating, head completely out of the water, arms moving, legs kicking, in a little pink dress."


"I pupped up, swam over to the girl, lifted her out of the water and looked at her. Her mouth was open, her eyes were semi-open and then I put her against my shoulder very high and aggressively patted her on the back. And within seconds she spit up a bunch of water — a lot of water — and then started coughing and took a deep breath."

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