THIS is the shocking moment a man who tried to drown a woman in a public fountain was beaten senseless by rescuers.
The 52-year-old man – now facing attempted murder charges – had been cooling off in the water with the woman on August 9.
But when a passerby offered to take their picture at the park in Valencia, Spain, he fled when the man handed him his mobile phone.
Local media reported that he thought his acquaintance was in on the theft and tried to drown her in the fountain.
Phone footage of the drama shows the shirtless thug – who appears to be drunk – holding the woman by her hair, forcing her head down to the water.
One person can be heard shouting: “He’s going to kill her.”
As the crowd pleads with him to let her go, he hangs on tight until one man in a red top jumps in and gets him in a stranglehold.
Then a second rescuer jumps in and batters the thug with a flurry of punches.
But he only releases the woman’s hair when the second man lands a tremendous punch, knocking him down.
Now free, the woman – wearing only her underwear – staggers back to dry land.
Paramedics arrived on the scene within minutes and took the injured pair to hospital.
The thug was treated for a cut eyebrow and cheekbone, while his victim was treated for blows received during the struggle.
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By the time officials arrived on the scene, the phone thief and the two rescuers were no longer there.
The man was booked by National Police for attempted murder. His name was not released.