A YouTube video showing a boy almost drowning has highlighted the dangers of unattended children, even in a crowded swimming pool.
About 10 seconds into the clip, the force of a passing wave causes a child to lose control of his rubber ring and he falls into the water.
The child then panics and is seen struggling to keep his head above the water.
Fortunately, an eagle-eyed lifeguard immediately spots the commotion and blows her whistle before coming to the boy’s rescue.
Displaying incredibly quick reflexes, the lifeguard swims to the boy’s aid within 10 seconds.
She then lifts the child so that his head and shoulders are above the water and then she pats him on the back to make sure that his lungs are clear.
Once the child has composed himself, the lifeguard swims over to the side of the pool, with the boy clutching to a flotation device.
The person filming the incident is heard saying:
That was real… I mean that was way out… have you stopped it yet?
1. Can you see which swimmer is in trouble in this image? Fortunately, the eagle-eyed lifeguard did…
2. A video showing a child almost drowning has been posted on YouTube and highlights the dangers of unattended children even in a swimming pool packed full of people.
3. About 10 seconds into the footage, a young boy loses control of his rubber ring due to the force of a passing wave and falls into the water.
4. Fortunately a quick-thinking lifeguard spots the commotion and blows her whistle before diving in the pool.
Viewers have been duly impressed with the lifeguard and have widely praised her. One person wrote:
Awesome response time guys!
Water safety experts say that about half of all children who drown die within 25 yards of their parent or another adult.
This video illustrates just how difficult it can be to see a small child struggling in the water, even when there are people all around, because often there is little splashing.
5. Using her lightning quick reflexes the lifeguard manages to swim to the boy’s aid within 10 seconds and rescues him.
6. She quickly lifts the boy so his head and shoulders are out of the water and then she pats him on the back to ensure his lungs are clear.
7. Once the young boy has composed himself, the lifeguard starts to swim toward the side of the pool with the boy clutching to a flotation device.
8. According to water safety experts, about half of all children who drown die with 25 yards of their parent or another adult.
Share this story with your friends and your thoughts in the comments below. Please retweet it to your Twitter followers — they would want to see that, too.