There were many highlights from the 2018 National Amateur Swimming Championships 15th-18th February. None made it’s way around social media faster than the heroics of 13-year-old Raya Embury-Brown. The meet came to a screeching halt Sunday when a large iguana made an unexpected appearance onto the pool deck. That’s when Embury-Brown went into action.
“It was the end of my race, and I heard the guy on the speaker say there was an iguana in the pool, so I went over to help.”
Embury-Brown says once the reptile made it’s way into the pool, she acted quickly.
“One of my friends had it by the tail, so I told her the tail could come off. She got scared and let it go, so I grabbed it and put it over the fence.”
Once removed, the crowd roared in appreciation for her efforts. When Cayman 27 spoke with Embury-Brown, she was humbled by the praise she had received.
“The meet was stopped and people were kind of scared, so I just wanted to help out.”
The 13-year-old goes onto say she is a compassionate animal lover who hopes her actions can help dispel myths about iguanas.
“I used to catch small animals all the time as a kid. I love animals, I have two dogs, I just love helping them out. Iguanas are like any other animal, people are so scared of them but they can’t do much harm.”
Raya Embury-Brown: the hero Cayman needed.