Boy, 4, drowns in family pool

2011-02-04 10:41

Johannesburg - A 4-year-old boy drowned at his home in Vorna Valley in Midrand on Thursday, Gauteng paramedics said.

"Paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the sodden and motionless boy had been pulled from the swimming pool by his parents who had started CPR," Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said on Friday.

Paramedics took over resuscitation and managed to improve the boy's condition.

"He had not been breathing for several minutes and a lot of damage had already been done," Wicks said.

The boy was airlifted to Netcare Garden City hospital where his condition suddenly "deteriorated drastically".

"Medics again tried to revive the boy for over half an hour... sadly he died at the scene."

  • - 2011-02-04 10:51

    My word. Why these parents didnt have a net on their pool with a 4 year old around is unbelievable.

      sean - 2011-02-04 11:03

      100 % correct, and at the age of 4 your child should be able to swim already.

      Rudie - 2011-02-04 11:04

      It is so sad .I have a 4 year old boy aswell YES WHY NO NET AND WHERE ARE THE PARENTS ??

      Gore - 2011-02-04 11:08

      Save for some unusual circumstances, its plain old mentality " i think it will never happen to me" Nevertheless, i dont wish this tragic occurance on anyone, condolences to the family.

      Rainbow1 - 2011-02-04 13:22

      Hail you chop. You know nothing of the circumstances so don't start judging people.

      Heks - 2011-02-04 20:20

      Hell guys, like somebody said, we do not know the circumstances. These accidents happen so quickly. Who on earth would want that to happen to your child. Condolences (maybe it was for the best rather than have him a cabbage)

  • karin.g - 2011-02-04 10:58 Yes I agree! A net is very important! We are busy moving to a new house with a pool, and I don;t want to fill it at all because of my 2 year old son and I'm 5 months pregnant. Unfortunately kids are kids! If they want in, they will find a way. That's is why my son is always under supervision. This is extremely sad!!!!

  • jaysswimming - 2011-02-04 11:10

    drowning is the second highest cause of accidental death in children, second to pedestrian/vehicle accidents. I teach swimming and believe me it can happen all to quickly - why its known as the silent killer, you can be sitting right next the the pool and not hear a thing - deepest condolences to those parents.

  • ignorance - 2011-02-04 11:19

    My sincere condolences to the distraught parents and family of the boy. - We will think that there was no parental guidance or control; we always look at finding fault with someone for a incident. Is it not possible that the parents were within close reach of the child, when he fell in the pool? Is it not possible that shock and instant inhalation of water by the child, turned it into a life-threatening situation. To now place, additional stress on an already bereaved parent, by reprimanding them for no net on the pool, just destroys two more lives. Be very cautious being a critic, when you do not have all the facts.

      ronbonjon - 2011-02-04 11:39

      I agree with you 100% - shame on the people that judge grieving parents who regardless of the circumstances will always blame themselves. Its cruel - you arent walking in their shoes, and for your sakes I hope you dont. My heart goes out to the parents and family

      ashlinnc - 2011-02-04 12:31

      I totally agree with ignorance & ronbonjon. My heart goes out to the parents & family.

  • - 2011-02-04 11:27

    so very sad for these poor parents - yet avoidable too.....

  • WillF - 2011-02-04 11:31

    Damn! when will parents learn?? I would rather be slightly paranoid about these things and get laughed at at children's parties and braais when refusing to take my eye off the pool. I am with the NSRI and a Commercial Diver and surfer. Even though my boys know how to swim I still watch them like a hawk. Unbeliveable. There is not one excuse for this. It is all the parents fault. If they leave the kid with a child minder it is still their fault. The pool must be covered and locked. The child minder must be trained to look out for the kid etc.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-02-04 15:12

      I'm so with you on this. I was at a party a while ago and I looked over at the pool and saw this kids body on the bottom... Rushed over and luckily he came up for air - was just playing and floating like kids do. But I had to sit down as I nearly fainted from the shock! Everyone laughed at me but I know of a child who drowned at a birthday party when there were lots of parents around... everyone assumes everyone else is watching the kids!

      moiraine - 2011-02-04 20:43

      My sister was at a braai and kids and adults were playing waterpolo together in the pool. One of the kids shouted: "Whats that?" and they noticed a child at the bottom of the pool. He was pulled out and unfortunately died. It can happen to anyone, no matter how vigilant we are. I am always amazed at the beach how people allow extremely young children to play unattended in the water. One strongish wave and the child is gone. However I am sure the parents already are aware of where they went wrong. Nobody wishes this for their child, and I hope that a lot of people learn from this.

  • Greg - 2011-02-04 11:34

    Am I the only one waondering why his condition "deteriorated drastically" when he got to Netcare Garden City????

      ronbonjon - 2011-02-04 11:41

      I was wondering too - especially because it was only a few minutes before they got there?

      AJ - 2011-02-04 12:59

      @Greg - Netcare Garden City have the most advanced treatment facilities for near-drowings, and I dont mean just country-wide. If you are in a similar position, this is where you want your kid flown too. One of the top guys in the world in this area heads it up, I am sure it was Carte Blanched as well a while ago.

      ebdg3000 - 2011-02-04 13:08

      I believe its called secondary drowning. In this case there was probably too much damage done by the lengthy lack of oxygen. What a tragedy.

      Podgette - 2011-02-04 13:29

      The report says he died at the scene???? but was airlifted to hospital where he deteriorated quickly - confused or are the reporters not checking what they have written. In any event a terrible tradgedy which happens so quickly - parents need to be vigilant 100% of the time. So easy when you thing someone else is watching and that someone thinks you're watching.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-02-04 15:16

      thing called dry drowing too.. Kid seems fine after an incident in the pool or bath and dies later because of the water in the lungs and reduced oxygen to the brain. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, extreme tiredness and changes in behavior.

  • edu1 - 2011-02-04 11:36

    Don't wish this on my worst enemy, let this be a lesson for the rest of us! Those poor parens, condolences. Nothing is 100%, but this could save your or someone visting you's child. 1) parental supervision 2) net, fence or both 3) swimming lessons as early as possible

      melhoniball - 2011-02-04 11:43

      So true, also a net isn't 100% proof, I've heard of children that landed uNDER the net and drowned. Proper supervision, a net, and gating and fencing with a HIGH slamlock should be standard. My heart breaks for this preventable accident. I have a two year old and just thinking about the terror this little one went through before his final moments makes me want to go hom and hug my baby boy.

  • AJ - 2011-02-04 11:38

    Midrand - ALWAYS Midrand. I swear what is it with that place?

      IandI - 2011-02-04 11:49

      Place must be cursed.Hope it's not built over ancenstral graves

  • saritavdm - 2011-02-04 11:38

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Accidents happen so fast, will be praying for you. I can't even imagine how you must be going through right now. All the guilty feelings, and if only you did this or that. So sorry for you. May your little angel rest in peace.

  • MrGaga - 2011-02-04 11:41

    @ Cerberusr6 you are the fool bru !!! Children cannot fall into a pool if there is a safety net on it. Where did YOU read in the story that the child child drowned by falling into the pool when there was a safety net on it? @ ignorance - "the child had not been breathing for for several minutes and alot of damage had already been done" tells me that the parents were nowhere around in my opinion. @ roxy - absolutely, such an avoidable tragedy.

      Dion - 2011-02-04 11:57

      Agree with you 100 % for the child to have drowned he would have hade to be submerged for @ least 3 minutes, the child must have been left unsupervised for a long time

      Roger 01 - 2011-02-04 12:55

      Dion. That is why it is called the "silent Killer". If you don't hear the splash there is only silence and the child sinks and drowns. Tragic but avoidable with utmost of care.

      Podgette - 2011-02-04 13:35

      Sorry, Cerberus not a fool. If the pool is too full a childs weight can push the net into the water. If you have a baby who crawls onto the net and then can't crawl off due to hands going through holes there can very well be a drowning - sad but true.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-02-04 15:25

      @ Dion - Our swim teacher told me 20 seconds that's how long it can take. Terrifying. I wouldn't trust a regular pool net... Rather one of those solid ones. They're hellishly expensive but I think they should be sold by law with the pool!!

  • Ray - 2011-02-04 11:56

    Truly tragic and yet negligent! No child should drown- full stop!

  • Lizelle - 2011-02-04 12:04

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and @ hail.....think before you speak!!!!! You don't know what happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Carolyn - 2011-02-04 12:40

      I agree with Hail - and most of these posts - IT IS THE PARENTS FAULT!!! Grown men with 20 years experience in search and rescue, trying to assist people in the floods in Centurion lost their lives!! What makes a parent think their child is not at risk around a pool with or without a net!!!!! It is sad but it is their fault

      Snoopy88 - 2011-02-04 16:33

      oh god here comes the mommy militia from Sandton!

      Carolyn - 2011-02-04 18:05

      Ha ha ha - you should be taking better care of your child instead of sitting preaching to everyone.

  • Tlaks - 2011-02-04 12:04

    You know what? We do not have all the facts from that report. The best would be to stop speculating. This is the time we should be giving the family the necessary support and not apportion the blame! If you have the child, you will understand what children are capable of... My sincere CONDOLENCES to the family.

  • Elaine Swart - 2011-02-04 12:09

    I know this family. They are obsessive about pool nets. This can happen to anyone at any time. So try not to be so self righteous that the universe needs to show you the error of your ways. This family has lost their most beautiful wonderful boy. There is no fault around this. every precaution was taken. He was able to swim. This happened in a matter of minutes

      AJ - 2011-02-04 12:27

      It happens so quickly and so quietly too - tragic.

      Podgette - 2011-02-04 13:39

      Why not shut everyone up and give the full facts. If they were obsessive about the net did he drown through the net; if the net was off, were they there and did not notice he was drowning; if he could swim what actually happened?? did he maybe fall in and bump his head... so many possiblities - please give the facts so everyone can stop speculating. I don't let my teenage son swim alone, there always has to be two people at the pool when swimming because ACCIDENTS do happen.

  • mntuwakwantu - 2011-02-04 12:32

    I was there and the boy was not airlifted, the helicopter was there for about 2 hours and it left without the boy, after it was confirmed that he has passed away.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2011-02-04 17:46

      so unbelievably tragic.. I'm surprised we still get air lifts? Must have been private health care.

      Heks - 2011-02-04 20:23

      That must have been horrible watching this tragic event. Looks like there is not much rush on the part of medics sometimes

  • Bri - 2011-02-04 12:42

    How could some of you be so don't know these people or the circumstances or anything!!! How heartless and cruel to be so high and mighty in the face of such devastation. Have a freaking heart!! My sincere condolences to the family...they need all the support they can get right now.

      mervyn.trollip - 2011-02-04 14:23

      I agree Bri, my heart goes out to the parents. I only hope that others will learn a lesson out of this tragedy and prevent this happening to anybody else.

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      purpl3moon - 2011-02-04 13:04

      oh go get over yourself you self-righteous ignorant idiot. you don't even know the parents, how dare you stand in judgement of them!

  • Outsie - 2011-02-04 12:58

    All these people swearing about a net and supervision must all be the greatest parents in the world. Never lost their children in a supermarket, never forgot to lock the security gate... Their children will live till 100! I really hope so, but please don't pretend to be super parents when no one is!

      Carolyn - 2011-02-04 13:05

      You are so wrong - I am a parent and a single parent at that and no in fact I have never lost a child in a supermarket or forgot to lock the security gate.....WHY because its not about me - it's about the safety and protection of my child!!!! Yes I am a super parent and if anything like this had to happen to me YES IT WOULD MY FAULT!!! Cause I take responsibility for my irresponsibility like all adults should!!!!

      Badger - 2011-02-04 13:38

      Schoooo Cal, having a bad day doll,,,,,,,guess who ???

  • Louis Kriel - 2011-02-04 13:03

    My son is 4 and I spent a lot of time teaching him to swim. It took a lot patience, but he's like a fish in water now. I have net on ... just in case.

  • narla - 2011-02-04 13:05

    My heartfelt condolences to the parents :( I could think of nothing worse than losing your child! OMW, I just can't actually comprehend it!! Please don't judge until you are in the same situation. It take 3 seconds to drown, and we don't know what the circumstances are. He could of been swimming and inhaled water into his lungs?!? The article did not say that he fell into the pool!! Have a heart people and just TRY to imagine what this devastated parents are going through right now!!

      Snoopy88 - 2011-02-04 15:28

      Well said... you can't judge the parents, you don't know the facts. Be vigilant people! Like somebody's life depended on it!

  • Annelie - 2011-02-04 13:20

    I know this family and i know how responsible and loving they are, this happened so quickly. All my love and prayers to you guys.

  • Badger - 2011-02-04 13:37

    I took my daughter (now 5)to swimming lessons from the age of 18mths and she can now swim very well. Am in the process of doing the same for my son now 22mths. He has already had 3 lessons and loves the pool.

      Carolyn - 2011-02-04 15:18

      Well done Badger - of course I know who you are!!!! Not having a bad day at all. I just get so annoyed with people always saying "poor parents" what about the poor frikken child whose life was cut short because of negligence. I mean we have pool alarms, nets, swimming lessons, pool fences, two eyes, two arms, two legs you name it at our disposal here in Johannesburg - yet kids are still drowning and people just keep saying kids will kids - poor parents!!! Chops!!!

  • mervyn.trollip - 2011-02-04 14:01

    I would hate this to happen to any other children.

  • mervyn.trollip - 2011-02-04 14:02

    I urge all pool owners to safeguard thier pools against accidental drowning.

  • CatvonH - 2011-02-04 14:22

    VERY SAD!! My thoughts are with the parents :-(

  • Snoopy88 - 2011-02-04 15:07

    My condolences to the family. This is why I won't even consider having a pool put in... it happens in 20 seconds! And you can't be everywhere all the time. So tragic. My heart breaks for them.. I've got a 4 year old boy too. Word of warning if you have toddlers and someone cleaning leaves buckets of water lying around. They can tip into a bucket with even a little bit of water in and drown. Pets' food bowls, holes in the ground and outside containers when it rains... its nerve-wrecking being a parent! But I'd rather be a paranoid pain in the ass about it than the unthinkable alternative. Nobody should swim on their own, even if they can - accidents and falls happen.

  • Singo - 2011-02-04 15:30

    lets not dream about owning a swimming pool or rather build a protective fence around the pools with a security gate, sothat children will not enter the pools without udult supervision.our children are dying in these pools so one of these ideas may save our children's lives.May God bless the little soul that departed.Condolences to his family.

  • Janine - 2011-02-04 17:11

    This happens far too often.

  • Mick5 - 2011-02-04 17:32

    I'm a mother of three, I am viligant, I am observant, I am a great mother. However I am NOT perfect! So to all of you out there who are berating these parents, perhaps you should consider writing the perfect parent manual, because clearly you know just how to be everywhere 100% of the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I pray that you will never have to hold the wet, cold, non-breathing body that was once your vibrant child, that you will never have to take great heaving gasps of air, because it feels like your chest is being squeezed till it might pop. I'm glad that you are so wonderful perfect that you will never have to stand in front of a crowd of people and watch that tiny little coffin being lowered into the ground. I'm glad that your children will clearly outlive you!!!!!!!! Because you of course of ominipresent, omnipetent, and of course we have to say again perfect. Do you not think that those poor parents are replaying over and over and over the events in their head, again and again? That your salt in a very raw, very open wound is ANY help? Rather count your blessed stars that it's not your child that drowned, give them a hug and spare a thought for yes, those poor parents, whose lives have been altered forever, tainted with sadness, and regret, more sorrow, hurt and distrust than you or I could ever imagine. My prayers and condolences to the family. I'll be letting blue balloon lose tomorrow for him.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2011-02-04 18:05

      Well said. I've also got three and I try my best to be vigilant but accidents will happen. You can only ever do your very best and love them as much as you can. Since when did parenting become such a competitive sport? Its tough man, we should have each others' backs. Is there anyone who really has all the answers? Who is perfect? Other than Caroline of course...

      Carolyn - 2011-02-05 10:24

      mmm very mature Maylani........and it's Carolyn not Caroline - there already one simple straight forward thing that cannot be done properly....go figure!!!!! But thank you for the compliment regardless.

  • Angelheart2x0 - 2011-02-04 20:28

    How sad to read this and the comments that have followed. To all that have judged, shame on you!!!!! My deepest sympathies to this family on their huge loss of a beautiful life!

  • Angelheart2x0 - 2011-02-04 20:31

    Have just read this and find it so sad, but the saddest for me is the judgemental comments, people please stand back and understand that two parents have just lost their child and have to mourn this time not face judgements. We dont know the full story so please take this families pain into consideration before writing what has been written. Shame on you for being so judgemental and pray that you never find yourself in the same situation and also being judged. To the family, my deepest sympathies on the lost of a beautiful and precious life.

  • moiraine - 2011-02-04 20:39

    Very insensitive comments from some people. We do not know the circumstances anything could have happened. It doesnt have to be that the pool or the child were unattended. Besides that it can happen in a split second even when people are in the pool with the child. My sister was at a braai where kids and adults were in the pool together and a child drowned. Children are always hurting themselves. It is our job to provide a safe environment, yes but Nnone of us are perfect, accidents happen all the time, unfortunately this was a tragic accident.

  • pauls - 2011-02-04 20:55

    RIP peace little boy, condolences to the family

  • mom2girls - 2011-02-04 22:40

    poor little baby!! I think everyone here should rather put their energy on getting South Africa to take pool drownings more seriously.. isn't it now law that ANY pool must be suitably covered and fenced off? we, as parents, need to get South Africa to ENFORCE that law and protect the children. in most casses, drowning IS preventable!! I am very sorry for your loss Arlene, I do not have words of comfort, I know not what to say, I am however thinking of you and your family, and sending you strength to get through this. Rest in peace little Daniel, the angels will take good care of such a sweet little boy!

  • Natasha - 2011-02-05 11:36

    My condolences to the parents .

  • angie.golding28 - 2011-02-05 13:04

    Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Its easy to ask how, what, where, why...but put yourself in that position - perhaps not with your child in the pool, perhaps you are talking on the phone while your little is walking around in the house and explores a cupboard thats usually locked with poisons...i dont have to carry on with this story.... We are all human - we do our darndest to protect what's near and dear to us , and these parents are suffering enough to still have others judging them.

  • pawsaw - 2011-02-05 14:08

    Do not judge these parents - they have enough pain to deal with and we do not know the whole story. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  • SayIt - 2011-02-05 23:17

    Deepest condolences to the family. God bless the little angel now in heaven. To all the haters posting not comments but unfounded judgement on the parents; don't mock what you don't understand. This is just news to you, not a life-changing event.

  • SayIt - 2011-02-05 23:20

    Deepest condolences to the family. God bless the little angel now in heaven. To all the haters posting not comments but unfounded judgement on the parents; don't mock what you don't understand. This is just news to you, not a life-changing event.

  • Nemo04 - 2011-02-07 12:23

    May your little soul rest in peace

  • Nemo04 - 2011-02-07 12:50

    Carolyn: I’m aware the paramedics didn’t airlift the sweet little boy. But the reason you give & I quote, “because he submerged for such a long time they could not resuscitate him“ is not the truth as the little angel was in fact resuscitated. But if you were there surely you would know this? You are calling everyone hypocrites but you yourself are one & based on what you’ve said you definitely don’t know the family, their precious little child & were not at the scene. So when you say that you know the facts & I quote again “Some of us happend to be at the scene of this very unnecessary event!! So your opinions are unfounded - bring your facts before you judge!!! Hypocrite!!” Please share the FACTS & nothing else to all of us. What facts have your brought here? From what I have read you have NONE!! You have jumped on your self-righteous little band wagon & have picked up on the incorrect reporting from News 24 & the corrections made in the comments. Yes we are all entitled to an opinion but when we have an opinion we also need to base it on fact which you have clearly not done. Oh & where does it say that anyone judged the paramedics on how long it took them to get there? FACT is that was not the case! I am actually so sickened at what you have said & cannot believe that a HUMAN with a heart will be so freaking insensitive & blaming especially when they have no clue as to what actually happened. Your day for judgment will come & it will be a very lonely one.

      Carolyn - 2011-02-07 13:13

      Nemo04 - Firstly perhaps you should read carefully, maybe take your school certificate back to your principal and demand your money back!! You must have failed comprehension? Share your opinions as you want to. Be as sickened as you wish!!! I can only say that I feel exactly the same way that a HUMAN being with a heart can be so freaking insensitive - what you are saying is "thats its ok what happened". YES I DO BELIEVE IT IS THE PARENT FAULT - this happens far too often!!!! THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ANY CHILD TO GO THROUGH THIS!!! You don't sound like a Murderer! Just because your sick mind cannot comprehend right from wrong or freak accidents and unvoidable accidents does not give you the right to judge me!! So yes you Hypcrite get your facts straight. HE WAS NOT RESUSITATED BECAUSE HE WAS SUBMERGED FOR TOO LONG - WHY? BECAUSE HE WAS ALONE!!! Where were you Nemo? Unapt name if you ask me!!

  • Badger - 2011-02-07 13:02

    Jeeeeezzzzz, People. What's this,,,,"Be Nasty to Carolyn Day or What?????" and there is no need for the name calling either. Maybe some of you should go look in the mirror !!!

  • pauls - 2011-02-08 09:46

    Carolyn the time you spent reading all these comments and defending yourself and name calling everyone...what was your child doing? How well do you look after your child when you are so angry and nasty that all you can think of is how good you are? What a perfect single parent!

      Carolyn - 2011-02-09 08:17

      Thank you Pauls! Clearly my kids are looked after very well.......they are still living!!!!!

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