Can you spot the drowning swimmer? Incredible moment on-the-ball lifeguard rescues struggling child in wave machine pool full of people

by Jennifer Van Laar | June 18, 2015 6:16 pm

As the full heat of summer is bearing down on most people, it’s good to get a refresher course on how to spot someone who’s drowning, so they can be saved in time[1]:


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.

About 10 seconds in to the video a young boy loses control off his rubber ring due to the force of a passing wave and he topples into the water. It is thought the footage was filmed in the U.S. The boy immediately panics and can be seen struggling to get his head above the water.


Fortunately a quick-thinking lifeguard spots the commotion and blows her whistle before diving in the pool.

Using her lightening quick reflexes she manages to swim to the boy’s aid within 10 seconds. 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.

Once the young boy has composed himself the lifeguard starts to swim over towards the side of the pool with the boy clinging on to a flotation device. The man filming the footage can be heard saying to a member of pool staff: ‘That was real.. I mean that was way out.. have you stopped it yet?’

According to water safety experts, almost half of children who drown die with 25 yards of a parent or other adult.
The video shows just how difficult it can be to spot a small child struggling in the water – even when surrounded by other people – because there is often little splashing or action.

A great safety reminder before all of the summer fun begins!

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