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VIDEO: Little boy moments from death after inflatable flips trapping him upside down in pool for 72 seconds

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A toddler boy nearly drowned after being left in a swim ring which flipped over and trapped him under water for a harrowing 72 seconds.

The boy can be seen struggling for air and kicking his legs frantically after being left alone in the swimming pool when the inflatable tips.

When staff finally realise what has happened they rush over to pull him out, his body going limp.

Sickening CCTV sees a female member of staff talking to the child who is happily floating in the inflatable in the pool.

But seconds after the woman walks out of the room the boy flips over in the pink inflatable.

As the seconds tick by he continues to struggle, his legs frantically kicking in the air.

The child clearly becomes weaker throughout the clip and was lucky not to have lost his life.

As he is pulled out of the pool his body is seen to go limp and he is put on a table where staff resuscitate him.

The accident happened at the Leyou Baobei swimming centre in Zhaoyuan City, in eastern China.

Leyou Baobei, which translates as “the happy swimming baby” confirmed in a statement that the incident took place and said the boy was saved thanks to a timely rescue.

However, the business now faces serious questions surrounding the apparent negligence of their staff.

Local authorities did not say whether they would be investigating.

The boy’s parents are also yet to release a statement about their intentions.