A HEROIC builder has described the moment he saved the life of a six-year-old child who was drowning off Black Rock Sands beach. 

Samuel McKeever, a 57-year-old builder from Towyn, swam 200 meters out to sea after the child got into difficulty on an inflatable lilo. 

Emergency services were called to scene at about 2.40pm on Saturday, and the boy has been airlifted to hospital - with his current condition being unknown.

Rhyl Journal: The air amublance which responded to the incident at Black Rock beach. (Credit - Samuel McKeever)The air amublance which responded to the incident at Black Rock beach. (Credit - Samuel McKeever) 

However, without the actions of Mr McKeever the boy would have died out at sea. 

The father-of-three explained: "I was at the water's edge when I heard and saw a woman screaming for help.

"I immediately jumped in the water and swam about 200 meters where I found the child was face down with his head under the water.

"I turned him round and patted him on his back and then a lot of water and sick came up, and he started breathing again.

"When I got him to shore he was dipping in and out of consciousness and the air ambulance crew flew him off to hospital."

Rhyl Journal: Samuel McKeever. Samuel McKeever.

Mr McKeever says he was just "glad I was there", and sends his best wishes to the boy and his family.