SAPS warns parents of child drownings

BY SUPPLIED - DECEMBER 22, 2015

Eastern Cape police has urged parents and guardians to always keep an eye on their children whilst they are swimming in swimming pools or in the sea.

The festive season normally attracts thousands of visitors to the coast and also the public pools, making it easy to lose your child within the crowd.

This warning comes in the wake of a tragedy that took place on Sunday, 20 December 2015 at Three Pools at The Willows Resort in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth.  

A four-year-old boy drowned in the pool. The child was enjoying a day out with his aunt and other children when at about 12:00, his body was retrieved from the adult pool.  Paramedics on the scene failed to resuscitate him.

“A child must never be left alone or with other children in a pool. There must always be adult supervision in the pool. Public pools are full with people having fun and not often notice is taken of a person in trouble in the water. The SAPS urges people who are unable to swim not to be allowed in the water at all and also people who are intoxicated not to enter the water,” a SAPS statement said.