This is the terrifying moment a team of lifeguards saved a child who was caught in ferocious waves in Italy.
The boy, thought to be 11, got swallowed up in the backwash of the incoming tide at the Lido Ulivarella beach in Palmi, Italy, dramatic footage shows.
He had ventured into the waves despite the beach being almost empty due to rough seas.
Fellow beach goers used a rope to drag the youngster out of the huge waves as they crashed on top of him on Monday.
The lifeguard tried desperately to keep hold of the boy, but kept falling over in the waves.
Flavio, 20, said: ‘The kid was uninjured, but he was scared and the waves had stripped him of his swimming kit.
‘I don’t know who the kid was.
‘There have been other similar events here when people swam during rough seas, however the lifeguards have always done a great job to keep the beach safe.’