HEROIC hotel staff saved a three-year-old girl's life when they rescued her from drowning in a swimming pool.
The youngster from Newcastle was staying at the luxury Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Clayton-le-Moors with her parents when she was spotted in the pool.
Worried staff dived to the rescue when the tot did not surface for some time.
Vicky Goody, 22, an assistant at the hotel's leisure club, said: "I was off-duty at the time, and was having a swim in the pool when I was told about the little girl.
"I could see her at the bottom and I managed to get her out on to the side. She had stopped breathing, her face had turned blue and there was foam coming out of her mouth.
"My colleague Phil Stephenson came and we gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. I am just glad we were in the right place at the right time."
Manager Howard Lewis said: "Both members of staff are trained first-aiders and it is lucky they were on hand to rescue her. She received emergency first aid before being taken to hospital for further treatment.
"Although she was kept in for observation, she made a full recovery and the whole family returned to the Dunkenhalgh, staying on for an extra two days."
He added: "I would like to pay tribute to the quick-thinking reactions of my leisure club team, particularly Phil and Vicky, whose professionalism saved this little girl's life."
The tot's family later invited Vicky and Phil, 20, to have champagne with them.