A Co Tyrone mum has warned other parents after her family day out at a local beauty spot almost ended in tragedy when her daughter disappeared into a bog.
Grace Hamill from Dungannon had taken her family to Peatlands Park for the afternoon, but only the quick thinking of her sister-in law saved the six-year-old after the child stepped off the wooden pathway and was sucked into the soggy ground.
The park is operated by the NI Environment Agency and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs said it was considering extra signs to make visitors aware of the dangers.
Mum-of-three Grace said what was planned to be a fun day almost turned to disaster in a split second.
"It can only be described as my worst nightmare," she explained.
"My girl stepped off the boardwalk and within seconds had been sucked down into the bog. Her full body was submerged.
"Words can not convey how distressing this was for my child, myself and the other family members present.
"It was as if she had fallen into quicksand. I would like to pay special tribute to the swift actions of my sister-in-law who thankfully had seen the exact location where my child fell in and was able to reach her in time to pull her from the bog and save her life.
"The trauma was clear to see on my little girl's face, and as a mother I feel it is so important to alert others to this danger.
"I would never have imagined the threat that Peatlands would pose to a young child.
"I can only assume that the heavy rainfall in recent weeks has exposed the dangers of a child, or any person for that matter, stepping off the walkway.
"This could easily happen someone out walking with a young child on their own."
DAERA said it had been made aware of the incident and would now be considering additional warning signs.
"Peatlands Park is around 266 hectares in size with over 10 miles of pathways ranging from tarmac, gravel, woodchip and raised boardwalk surfaces," it said.
"As its name suggests, the park is largely comprised of peatland habitat and was established specifically to promote awareness of and to provide access to peatland habitat which the public otherwise would have limited opportunity to visit, explore and learn about its rich biodiversity.
"Due to the nature of peatland habitats and seasonal water level changes there are sections of the peat which can become softer with fluctuating water levels, which can present a natural hazard. Signage is in place at points of entry to the park advising of hazards and safety advisories.
"We are glad to hear that the child and their family are okay after their frightening experience and would echo the sentiment to be aware of hazards, and in particular when visiting natural habitat sites with natural hazards such as open water and soft peatland.
"Whilst sites such as Peatlands Park have been specifically designed to give visitors the opportunity to see and explore natural habitats there are invariably natural hazards for which we would encourage visitors to exercise caution.
"In light of this incident the department is considering additional signage on the start of boardwalks where there may be areas of softer peat to complement existing safety advisory signage at points of entry."