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WATCH: 'Superman' Dad Dives Over Fence To Rescue Drowning Son

A quick-thinking father performed a ‘Superman jump’ over a fence and into a swimming pool to save his drowning one-year-old son. 

Video captured the dramatic moment a dad from Florida, U.S. leaped into action when he noticed his one-year-old son falling into the pool at their West Palm Beach home on Sunday.

Toddler Rocco, can be seen walking on the ledge of the pool to grab a ball before stumbling into the deep end, when his dad Albert Passavanti jumped into action to save his son.

Rocco falls into the pool but his dad quickly comes and leaps in behind him. Image: Facebook - Albert Passavanti
Rocco walks along the ledge trying to reach for a ball before he falls into the deep end at their West Palm Beach home . Image: Facebook - Albert Passavanti

"The second you see it you get Superman strength and just have to go for it, It didn’t even cross my mind to go around, it was point A to point B." Passavanti told WPTV.

Seconds later, Passavanti surfaced with his son.

Passavanti was applauded for his fast response after posting the video on social media, which received over 140,000 views and more than 200 shares.

Rocco falls into the pool but his dad quickly comes and leaps in behind him. Image: Facebook - Albert Passavanti
Rocco falls into the pool but his dad quickly comes and leaps in behind him. Image: Facebook - Albert Passavanti

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Jason Place wrote, "Amazing job, Dad! Even while you were talking inside, you kept your eye on the little things guy the whole time time. It only takes a few short moments for a tragedy as so many parents learn the hard way.

"You deserve a lot of credit!

"Now, let's try leaping over a pickup truck into a kiddie pool for your next video."

Christina Kile wrote, "You're not just a father but a true hero!"

While Passavanti joked on Facebook in his post 'baby gates only work when you close them,' he still advises parents to take 'preventative measures' and watch their children closely.

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In Australia, a country known for its love of water, children are drowning because parents are distracted by devices such as mobile phones.

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Between 2002 and 2017, 447 children under the age of four drowned. Twenty two, or roughly 5 percent, of those deaths were a direct result of a failure to supervise due to the use of a device such as a smart phone, tablet or laptop, Royal Life Saving Australia told ten daily.

One hundred percent of unintentional child drownings (under the age of five)  occur in Australia because adult supervision is entirely absent or intermittent due to distraction, said RLSA.

Contact author: jmotti@networkten.com.au