THIS was the incredible moment an eagle-eyed lifeguard saved a mum and her son from drowning in a packed swimming pool.
The little boy was struggling to keep his head above water – but other swimmers failed to notice he was in trouble.
Dramatic CCTV footage shows the unnamed lifeguard, from Heyuan city, southern China, as he dashes into the pool and grabs the boy and his mum within seconds.
According to reports, the pool had both deep and shallow ends, but the parent took her young son to the wrong side and almost paid for it with their lives.
The clip shows the little boy leaping off the steps into the pool and immediately discovering that the water was too deep to stand in.
The panicking mother wades in after her son but also finds herself struggling to find footing, leaving the pair drowning in the deep water.
The lifeguard can then be seen jumping from his high chair at the opposite end of the pool and sprinting towards the mother and child.
As he nears the pair, he suddenly stops and slides along the pool tiles in dramatic fashion to reach woman and her son.
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He then pulls them both to safety in a matter of seconds.
A second lifeguard who appeared to be closer to the pair also arrives but reacted more slowly than the first.
The woman and her son came to no harm thanks to the lifeguard’s swift actions, with the video of the rescue and his sliding stunt going viral on social media with three million views.
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