The moment a woman pushed her friend to death into a reservoir before both of them drowned, was captured by a CCTV in China

CCTV footage recorded shows the two women standing near the edge of the water in the city of Nanjing when one of the women bends down to tie her shoelace.

As she does so, the other woman appears to shove her into the water from behind before both women fall into the water.

The woman in orange who had bent to tie her shoelace can be seen struggling as the woman in black holds her down.

Police confirmed that the pair drowned in the bizarre incident in the eastern Chinese state of Jiangsu, Yahoo News reports.

Photos appeared online of authorities retrieving the women’s bodies with police divers in operation.

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CCTV footage of the shocking event on Wednesday, October 21, has gone viral in China, with an investigation launched on Thursday, October 22.

The video has been shared on the Chinese Twitter-like social media site Weibo, with the clip being viewed more than 500 million times to date.

After the video quickly circulated online, Lishui Bureau of Nanjing Public Security Bureau confirmed on Saturday that a probe had been launched.

Speculation has grown online as to what led to the shocking events.

Police are expected to release the details of their investigation into the two deaths in due course.

Below is a video showing of the incident.

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