Boy drowns in Bryanston pool

2012-05-12 22:00

Johannesburg - A 4-year-old boy drowned in pool at a residence in Bryanston, north of Johannesburg on Saturday, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said residents found him in the pool and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while some one called paramedics.

"When the paramedics arrived on the scene, they took over from the residents and continued with CPR and Advanced Life Support intervention was performed."

After a long battle to try and save his life the boy was declared dead, Banks said.

It was believed that the child was the grandson of the domestic worker who was visiting her for the weekend.

  • Finza - 2012-05-13 06:42

    May his soul rest in peace...amen

      Marion - 2012-05-13 10:30

      Incredibly sad. RIP little one and condolences to your family.

  • Tanya - 2012-05-13 07:02

    When will all pools be properly fenced!!!! Come on people.... if you own a pool, be responsible and ENSURE that children cannot gain access, only if a responsible adult lets them in. Enough is enough!!! one more child is too many.

      Bryan - 2012-05-13 16:43

      Tanya, accidents happen. My heart goes out to the family of this poor boy. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-05-13 07:12

    People need to look after their children better , if you own a pool you cant let children roam around the garden un supervised , if you are a parent you have to be extra vigilant if there is a swimming pool in the yard and if you have toddlers fence it in .

      Diana - 2012-05-13 13:48

      In other words if you own a pool without a fence you cant have children? Why not to fence that bloody pool properly (i.e. the height of the enclosure must be no less than 1.2 m) and feel much safer with your kids. People try to save money on proper balustrade and later on pay the utmost price.

      Antwahn - 2012-05-13 14:19

      Right, if you have a pool + plus children who can't swim (well), have a fence. But a fence is unaesthetic. So if you choose to not have it, once you have any visiting children who are not proven good swimmers, it's your lifesaving duty to have close adult supervision on the pool -AT ALL TIMES! Or have a good net, or have all accessing doors locked and the keys in your possession. If you break such rules, you may find a dead child in your pool. And believe me, it happens without warning, you won't even notice it happening, and it will haunt you for the rest of your life.

  • Gregory - 2012-05-13 08:36

    Fence pools. I agree, all pools. But I still say that a mother and a grandmother were present, knowing there was a pool. Enough said

      Marion - 2012-05-13 10:33

      @Gregory - I only saw mention of a grandmother who is a domestic worker at the house. All pools should either have a safety net or fencing, preferably both, even if the owners of the house do not have small children themselves.

  • Diana - 2012-05-13 13:44

    Idiots who have houses in areas like Bryanston Sandton Sandhurst etc surround their pools with net fences (which looks absolutely stupid and doesnt provide 100% guarantee of your own safety)or leave them without any fence at all. Come on people wake up if you cant afford a decent enclosure then don't have a pool. Any luxury comes with a lot of responsibility. P.S. Boy's family should go and sue the owner of the house, he is totally responsible for what had happened since he accepted a minor child on his property with a pool unenclosed.

      Antwahn - 2012-05-13 16:54

      Under the circumstances described, it seems a fair idea: sue them. Problem is, in SA's civil courts one will not get punitive damages. No "loss of support" applies, they only can claim the funeral bill and some costs to counselling -not much more.

      Genet - 2012-05-13 17:24

      Who said he accepted a minor child on his property. The same thing happened to someone I know, she was not at home, the domestic had a visitor with a child, they did not watch the child and it drowned. And yes the owner is haunted by this, but not her fault. This is a tragedy, but domestics must take responsiblity for their visitors.

      Diana - 2012-05-13 19:15

      Who accepted? Looks like this boy was a trespasser who had managed to fool the security guard of the estate as well as the owner of the property?

  • Bronwyn - 2012-05-13 14:34

    WHEN are poeple going to learn??? Its still one of the saddest and common tragedies that occur. So sad. RIP little angel....

  • Emmanuel - 2012-05-14 08:35

    Domestic workers cant be trusted with kids

  • Deirdre - 2012-05-14 09:08

    Learning to swim and drown proofing should be as mandatory as learning to read and write! It should be part of our school curriculum. I think the fault lies with all the people ... the mom who should have been more responsible, and the property owner who should have put up some sort of safety mechanism ...

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