Police have appealed to a man to come forward after he saved a child from drowning at Southend.
He jumped fully clothed into The Lagoon at Western Esplanade to rescue a six-year-old boy who got into difficulties while paddling in the pool shortly before 6pm on Wednesday August 24.
The boy, who apparently could not swim, wandered in to a two metre deep section of the pool and struggled to keep afloat before disappearing under the water.
The rescuer, who was nearby and watching his own son swimming in the Lagoon, jumped in and quickly brought the boy to safety.
Patrolling police officers were quickly on scene and called for an ambulance and the boy, from Peckham, south London, was checked by paramedics. He was found to have made a full recovery and was taken home by his mother.
Sgt Ian Hughes, said: “The man saw what happened and just jumped in and brought the struggling boy to safety. There is no doubt that he saved the boy from drowning and deserves to be recognised for his quick-thinking and bravery.
“Unfortunately he left the scene soon after the rescue because his own son wanted to go on a ride at Adventure Island. His clothes were soaking wet but he wanted to make sure his son had that ride.
“We hope that he will come forward and will contact me at Southend police station on 101.”