The image of an Australian baby disappearing into the bright blue depths of a swimming pool has shocked parents around the world.
An image posted to CPR Kids Australia may initially look like a typical shot of an empty swimming pool.
But a second image posted in the comments draws attention to a slightly dark spot of water which is the only indication that a child is underwater.
CPR Kids, which is run by a group of registered nurses, acknowledged that the almost invisible image of the child is “hard to believe” – highlighted how dangerous it can be to choose the wrong color swimsuit.
The organization ensured that the image had not been altered in any way and that the parent who originally took the photo had shared it due to the incredible feeling of the accident.
“One of the CPR children’s educators was at a pool party… he asked one of the kids wearing a blue bathing suit to swim all the way through. The results shocked her, “the team said in the post.
One commentator also recalled the same phenomenon that happened to their child when they went swimming in a trailer park’s pool.
But while watching your child seem to vanish before your eyes can be shocking, CPR Kids said the terrifying risk is the inability to identify if your child could drown.
In Australia, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of five.
And CPR Kids said an important part of fighting the “silent” killer is making sure your child is identifiable by wearing brightly colored swimwear.
“Avoid blue, dark or dull colors for children’s swimwear,” advises parents in a warning post.
“Opt for bright and colorful clothes (swimwear) so that they are easier to see.”
But what made the baby even more difficult to see was the fact that after a few hours of fun in the pool, the pool water was no longer crystal clear.
“The (educator) … noticed how cloudy the water had become after being used all day,” they said.
“The cloudiness was probably due to the sunscreen in the water.”
However, the shocked parents in the comments section complained about how hard it was to find brightly colored boys’ swimwear.
“It would be great if you could tell the swimwear makers!” one person wrote.
“Once kids reach 7, it’s all blue / black / white.”
Another commentator noted that children’s life jackets in water ski shops were also phasing out fluorescent colors in favor of popular camouflage prints.
CPR Kids warned that drowning of children can happen quickly, silently and at any time.
Jessica Julie recalled the horrible moment when her son started drowning without her knowledge.
“(I was) sitting on the edge of the pool … watching my little one play,” she said.
“A man sitting next to me watching his son jumped in to grab my son before I even realized he was struggling. My son never made a sound.
“I was close at hand and I was distracted in my thoughts.”
CPR Kids nurse and director Sarah Hunstead told the Daily Mail Australia that it was imperative for parents to “actively supervise” their children whether they were in or around the pool.
“When it comes to supervision, you always have to remember that while there may be a lot of people around, they’re not necessarily watching the kids,” she said.
“The ‘active’ is what matters.
“That means you’re not reading, you’re not on the phone, you’re not chatting with anyone else.”
The Royal Life Saving Australia Official Board recommended that when children play in the water, adults should allot a designated “pool water” for supervision.
Originally released as “Invisible”: the shocking image that worries parents around the world