23/05/2014 05:49 BST | Updated 23/05/2014 06:59 BST

Dramatic Footage Shows Man Catch Baby Falling From 2nd Storey Window In China (VIDEO)

This is the astonishing moment a one-year-old baby tumbled from a second floor window – and was expertly caught by a passerby.

CCTV footage shows two men in the midst of a thunderstorm with their arms outstretched as the child clambers onto a window ledge.

As the men position themselves, residents place cardboard and a sofa on the ground.

It's hard to watch this without holding your breath

Fortunately the naked infant did not touch the ground – and landed straight in the arms of one of the men.

A woman presumed to be his mother then rushes up to gather her mercifully uninjured child.

The incident occurred in Zhongshan City of Guangdong Province, Euronews reports.

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One of the men, identified only as Mr Li, told China’s CCTV: “I didn’t think too much at the time.

“I was just afraid of failing to catch him. Some people put down cardboard to avoid serious injuries to the baby if I fail to catch him.

“It was nothing but human instinct to do so.”