A young boy has been hailed as a lifesaving hero after saving a little girl from drowning in a swimming pool.

Nine-year-old Frank Emsley had been on holiday with his parents and sister in Tenerife when disaster almost struck.

The family had been enjoying an idyllic afternoon at their hotel swimming pool when brave Frank noticed a young girl motionless underwater.

Putting the four-year-old girl's well-being before his own, Frank, from Manchester, swam across to her and pulled her to the surface.

When he finally scooped her out of the water Frank said she was "completely blue" and foaming from the mouth, the MEN reports.

Frank then shouted to his mum and dad who carried her out of the pool for a lifeguard to perform life-saving CPR on the young girl.

She was rushed to hospital where she was thankfully quickly discharged after being observed for a short time.

Frank's mum Sarah Emsley said she "couldn't be prouder" of her boy, who she said was brave and smart "beyond his years".

The Emsley family almost weren't in Tenerife in the first place after booking the trip as a last minute half-term getaway.

Sarah said the little girl had been in a floatie but managed to escape from it for a split second before she began to sink to the bottom of the pool.

Frank said he's thankful he was there or she could have "never returned" from the holiday, and hopes he'll meet her in the future as he feels like he's her "guardian angel".

He said: "I was looking over at her and I thought I couldn't hold my breath underwater for that long so I became concerned. I went over to check on her and she wasn't moving, there were no bubbles or anything.

"I touched her arm to see if she was alright and she clung on to me for dear life. I picked her up and she was breathing so heavily and was gurgling water out of her mouth.

"It was terrifying, she was completely blue and foaming at the mouth. I'm just so happy I was there and managed to act because I don’t want to think about what could have happened if I wasn't. If I wasn't there she might have never returned from the holiday which is so scary to think of."

Sarah, 45, said the incident on October 27 was every parent's "worst nightmare" but tragedy was avoided thanks to her little lad Frank.

"Thankfully he was there and managed to get her out, and she was taken to hospital and is doing fine now," Sarah said.

"I couldn't believe it. He saved that little girl’s life and her parents were so grateful - as I would be."

Frank received a letter from the family thanking him for his heroics, which was read out at his school.

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