Dramatic footage has captured the heroic moment two junior lifeguards rushed to rescue a pilot from a tequila advertisement plane as it crashed into the ocean off the coast of California.

The video was captured at the 2022 California Surf Lifesaving Association Junior Lifeguard Championship, on Huntington Beach at around 1.30pm on Friday (July 22).

Spectators and beachgoers were left in shock after the light aircraft, which was towing a banner promoting a tequila brand, slammed into the sea.

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Witnesses could be heard yelling in the clip as the plane was seen heading towards the water.

One man shouted: "It’s going in, it’s going in the water guys!”

Speaking to the media, Corrine Baginski, the mother of one of the contestants said: “I heard a thump and then I looked at the tent and I see all the kids turning and running,”

Two young lifeguards were then seen grabbing their boards and rushing to rescue the pilot.

One of the heroic lifeguards, Jake Shaffer told NBC4: "When he got on my board, he had a small cut on his head. I kept asking him, ‘Hello, sir? Are you OK?’

"He didn’t want to talk. He was sitting there frozen on the board.”

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Reports say no one was in the water at the time of the crash as it happened between events.

The pilot was rushed to hospital but no serious injuries have been reported.

The news comes after a plane flipped upside down after making an emergency landing in a field, but the pilot miraculously survived.

Vic Pisani was flying over Gympie in Queensland, Australia, when his plane's propeller stopped after his engine stalled mid-flight on the morning of June 13 and he had just three minutes to pick his emergency landing spot.

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