RICHMOND, British Columbia — A group of people delighted by a sea lion lingering around a pier were shocked when the animal suddenly lunged at a little girl and dragged her into the water.
It happened on Saturday at Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond, British Columbia, according to CBC News.
One moment, the girl was sitting on the edge of a pier and the next she was pulled backward into the water.
People in the crowd screamed and shouted in panic, and within about three seconds, a man jumped into the water after the girl.
The girl came to the surface, then briefly went under again before the man pushed her up to the crowd on the pier.
Witnesses quickly pulled the girl to safety and then helped the man out of the water.
I'll never understand why humans get so close to wild animals. This sea lion could have dragged her all the way to the bottom😒 pic.twitter.com/bGYm77ah6K
— Simba (@DeRozenDntCare) May 21, 2017
“The girl was rescued by her family members and bystanders. Nobody was injured in the incident,” Michael Fujiwara, the man who captured the video, wrote on YouTube.
“They were pretty shaken up,” Fujiwara told CBC News. “Her family [was] just in shock.”