A dramatic video has emerged on the Chinese internet of a 2-year-old boy narrowly escaping death in a swimming pool in Yantai, Shandong province.
The surveillance clip shows the boy playing in a small pool with an inflatable ring around his waist.
Just ten seconds after an adult leaves the room, he tips forward into the water and becomes stuck headfirst with his legs in the air. A pair of adults can be seen looking in the opposite direction on the other side of the glass.
The boy struggles desperately for a full 72 seconds, his movements getting slower and slower. Just as his legs stop moving, one of the adults finally spots the boy and rushes to pull him from the pool.
Fortunately, Sina News reports that the boy is now safe and out of danger. You can watch the surveillance footage below on Tencent:
Chinese netizens were quick to respond with outrage to the video, repeatedly asking, “Where the hell are his parents?”
They were asking the same thing this January after a video went viral online showing a 4-year-old boy slowly drowning in a public pool while his mother was only a few meters away, playing on her smartphone.
“This kind of thing hasn’t just happened once or twice—haven’t these people been on the web lately?” one web user commented.
While many have blamed the parents, it is likely that the swimming pool center is the one liable in this near tragedy. The pool is reportedly currently in negotiation with the child’s parents.
By Nina Powles
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