AMID a sea of inflatable rings and splashing children, an "eagle-eyed" lifeguard managed to spot a young boy who was struggling to keep afloat and in serious trouble of drowning.

In a video uploaded to YouTube, the quick-thinking woman can be seen blowing her whistle before jumping in and saving the boy in the blink of an eye.

The administrator of Lifeguard Rescue, the channel which uploaded the video, explained that footage of incidents like this are posted to help raise awareness about the dangers in the water and to train other lifeguards.

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"I encourage you to use these videos as training tools to show new and returning guards what someone in distress or drowning looks like.

"I play these videos at trainings and go over common problems in our pools and similar traits our guests exhibit when they are in trouble in the water.

"I also use them to have the guards tell me when they would go in for a rescue. I get some really great reactions."

A 2006 study by the US coastguard detailed how different a real-life drowning is to one in the movies - the victim is almost always incapable of being able to shout or wave for help. It also adds that someone can drown in as little as 20 to 60 seconds if not rescued.

 


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