Shocking security footage shows the moment a child falls into a swimming pool with several swimmers around him failing to notice for a number of minutes.
The video was shared by Livonia Police Department, in Michigan, on Facebook to help spread the word about the importance of always keeping an eye on children when they are in or near the water.
Livonia police were dispatched to the indoor facility at a local hotel after a toddler was found unresponsive at the bottom of a pool on January 24.
At the start of the video, the two-year-old child is seen getting into the pool near what appears to be the stairs where at a group of people are swimming.
The boy then slides underwater, kicking and trying to keep his head above the water as he struggles.
Further along in the video, he appears again a few metres from the stairs, a mere shadow in the water, as he continues sinks to the bottom.
Throughout the video, other people in the pool appear to be oblivious to the two-year-old’s struggle.
It wasn’t until a nine-year-old girl noticed the child “lying motionless at the bottom of the pool” and notified her godmother.
The timestamp on the video indicates the child was underwater for a little over three minutes when the girl finally spotted him.
Livonia police said the godmother screamed, asking for others to call emergency services. She then jumped into the pool to rescue the child.
“Thankfully, two amazing off-duty nurses were at the hotel and took immediate action,” Livonia police said on Facebook.
“The nurses performed CPR on the child, successfully reviving him after many cycles. The child was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.”
The four people who intervened and helped saved the child’s life have been nominated to receive the Livonia Police Department Exceptional Service Award, which is the department’s highest civilian honour.
According to Kidsafe Australia, drowning is one of the leading cause of unintentional deaths in Australia for children.
From 2017 to 2018, drownings in swimming pools accounted for 67 per cent of drowning deaths for children aged between zero and four years.
“Drowning can occur quickly and silently – 20 seconds and a few centimetres of water is all it takes for a toddler to drown,” the 2017-2018 National Drowning Report by the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia states.
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