A woman and her young son were rescued after the boy became stranded in the River Ivel.
The emergency services were called to Mill Lane in Sandy just before 10.30am on Saturday (March 30).
The boy, who is about four years old, had become stranded in the river.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service sent a fire engine from the Sandy station and other specialist emergency vehicles.
When the firefighters arrived at the scene minutes later they saw that the child’s mother had already entered the river and was in the water holding her son in her arms.
They immediately went into the river and helped the woman and her son to safety. The latter were then handed into the care of the ambulance service.
When the initial 999 call was received fire control had also despatched a rescue boat crew from Bedford and a special rescue unit from Kempston but the incident was brought under control whilst they were en route to the scene so they were returned to their respective fire stations.
Group commander Chris Ball said: “I would like to commend the firefighters from Sandy for their quick thinking and swift action in this incident. “When they arrived on the scene officers made a risk assessment of the situation and then acted speedily to help the woman and her child out of the river, which was flowing quite fast in places. “They were both brought to safety by fire officers and fortunately came to no harm. We would always urge parents and carers to keep a close eye on their children when near water to prevent these kinds of incidents occurring.”