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Young baby learning to swim has been left in intensive care after having to struggle underwater for nearly a minute while pool staff were not paying attention.

The seven-month-old boy’s swimming ring had flipped, leaving his body immersed in water upside down. He later slipped out of the ring and carried on struggling.

Staff only realised the dangerous situation about 46 seconds later before removing the child from the pool, according to Chinese media reports.

According to the report, the horrifying incident occurred in the evening of May 17. It’s said the small training pool is run by an infant care centre, reports Daily Mail.

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The baby’s mother claimed she had just left to buy baby formula next door when the accident happened. She insisted she has asked staff to watch her baby.

The baby remains in hospital for further monitoring. He may have suffered some inflammation to the lungs. His mum is also worried about the impact lack of oxygen may have had to his brain.

The centre has still not apologised and the family have reported the incident to police.

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  • The staff should have been watching the baby.so shocking.

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  • This video make me want to cry, I have children that age and would be so upset if this happened to my child.

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  • Never take you eyes off your children around water

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  • I couldn’t watch this, it would be too distressing for me. I feel so much for that little baby, and the people who should have been watching him should get into trouble as they had a duty of care. I hope he makes a full recovery

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  • There should be one adult to one child in the pool at all times, preferably a parent.

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  • 46 seconds is too long and dangerous !! Hope this incident gets the centre thinking, but no way I would leave my baby in the water alone during swimming lessons in a group with multiple babies !

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  • No one should leave their baby in the care of another in a pool – things happen too fast and are so detrimental. Water and children only mix when you are there and alert to the child at all times.

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  • This would be every parents worst night mare.

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  • What sort of parent thinks it’s ok to leave such a young baby in the care of pool staff while in the pool?! You never leave your child unsupervised. I’m more inclined to point the finger at the mother here, not so much the pool staff

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  • Terrible that nobody was watching the baby. He could have died!! :-(

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