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A heroic dad's quick-thinking saved his one-year-old son from drowning in a swimming pool.
Footage captured on a Ring camera shows the moment Zachary Petite, a fire engineer and paramedic at Hemet Fire Department in Southern California, US, spotted his son Cole jump into the pool at their home, and leaped to his rescue.
"I look over and I can’t find him and I ended [up] seeing him sinking to the bottom of the pool," Petite told local news outlet KTLA.
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"So that’s when I went over there, scooped him out and got him out of the pool."
The dad also took the opportunity to issue a warning to fellow parents of young kids who haven't yet learned to swim.
"For parents out there, if you got a pool, make sure it has a gate, a child safety lock, door alarms," Zachary added.
Zachary's employers at Hemet Firefighters Association took to social media to share footage of the rescue in a bid to prevent similar incidents ending in tragedy in the future.
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The clip shows Cole wandering around in the pool before jumping in, before Zachary jumps onto the ground and scoops his son out before laying him on his back.
“This video is a sobering reminder that a child drowning can happen to anyone at any time in a matter of seconds,” the post read.
“Even though both parents took all proper precautions including a gate around the pool and an appropriate PFD [Personal Flotation Device], the boy still managed to get in the water.
"Thankfully he quickly recognized what occurred and was able to save his son."
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The post ended with a piece of harrowing advice for parents which read: “Remember, children drown without a sound, please watch the video."
The association then applauded Zachary for acting fast to save Cole, his youngest son.
It said: "Even though young Cole Petite managed to find his way into the water without being noticed, Zack and [his wife] Jessica’s proactive approach to pool safety is the reason their son survived."
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