The heart-stopping moment that a young boy fell into a swimming pool and was eventually rescued was captured on CCTV, sparking an urgent warning to parents about water safety.
The incident, recorded on a security camera at a popular holiday destination, shows the little boy running from his family to sit alone on a chair beside a large swimming pool. He rocks from side to side in the chair for a few moments before suddenly toppling forward.
The boy lands headfirst in the water and is seen struggling to keep himself afloat before his head goes completely under the surface. After 12 heart-stopping seconds of the boy struggling, someone jumps in to save him.
The heroic act was carried out by an employee of No.39 Cafe, in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, which is located by the pool.
The worker then hands him to a man, apparently the boy’s father. The lucky escape was captured on security camera and shared by the cafe as a stark warning to patrons.
“We don’t want to see anything like this happen again,” a spokesperson said, before describing the scene. “The establishment promises to improve and find ways of preventing this from taking place again,” they added.
Cafe worker praised for heroic act
The worker who stepped in was praised for their quick thinking in saving the child with one local commenting: “The worker who jumped in deserves a lot of credit.”
“The employee should get a prize,” added another.
“The staff there are very nice,” wrote someone else.
Another argued that the cafe is not in the wrong for the accident: “When you take children anywhere, it’s up to the parents to look after them,” they said.
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