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From Girl, 3, survives after being sucked down drain, carried 75 yards underground and thrown out into river | Mail Online
He added: 'From us recognising the fact she wasn't there to me pulling her out the river was less than two minutes.
'There were about 30 seconds to a minute of me trying to pull her out the hole. Then I ran to the river - I must have set the speed record for wet welly running.
'I didn't think about what could happen. I hate the thought of drowning. I did not want to think about my daughter going through that. I made my mind think of something else.
In the text above, what do the words in bold mean?
P.S. Impressive story!