Dad makes heart-stopping save when little girl nearly topples headfirst into lake: ‘Dad save of the year’

An outdoorsy dad saved his baby girl from a scary fall during a fishing trip, and TikTok is applauding his lightning-fast reflexes.

The heart-stopping video was posted on the TikTok channel @sustainedoutdoors_, whose bio describes their footage as “hunting, fishing, anything outdoors.”

In the video, we see a dad and his daughter enjoying a day of fishing on their jon boat.

While Dad is slowly reeling in his line, his little girl bends down to fish something out of the water with her colorful rod.

Suddenly, she loses her balance and begins to topple headfirst into the water — but thankfully, Dad was watching carefully the whole time.

With amazing speed, he snatches her arm and swings her back into the boat, then checks to make sure she’s ok.

He looks to retrieve her little fishing rod, but it was lost to the watery depths.

‘Great dad, great save!’

TikTokers rushed to the comment section to applaud the dad’s quick reaction time and his calm demeanor.

“Well done. Thank you for not freaking out and raising your voice. You are one calm dad,” one user wrote.

“Great dad, great save!” another user commented.

“Dad powers… activate!” joked one user.

“She didn’t even get a wet foot, good catch dad,” another comment read.

“At least she is ok. [You] can always get another Elsa rod,” one user wrote.

“They should make those kid rods float. Seriously. I have lost a few,” suggested one innovative fisherman.

When it comes to kids and water, you can never be too safe or careful. Children should always wear properly fitted life jackets when on or near the water, and they should never leave an adult’s sight. Additionally, parents should be aware of boating safety tips when taking their kids out on the water.

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