Boy, 4, drowns in swimming pool

2012-04-14 17:30
Johannesburg - A 4-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool at his home in Horizon View, on the West Rand on Saturday, Johannesburg Emergency Services said.

The boy was playing with the nanny's 2-year-old child on his black plastic motorbike around the pool, spokesperson Synock Matoboko said.

He fell into the pool and the 2-year-old started screaming. His mother heard the screams and rushed outside to find her son in the water, said Matoboko.

The mother, who also could not swim, jumped into the water and started drowning.

A neighbour heard her screaming and jumped over the wall. He pulled the mother out of the water and then the son, said Matoboko.

The mother started CPR on the child while the neighbour called emergency services.

After an hour of trying to resuscitate the child emergency services declared him dead.

Matoboko urged parents to cover their swimming pools and to take their children to swimming lessons.

- SAPA
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