Inquest docket opened after boy, 5, drowns at East London Virgin Active gym

2020-02-04 14:26
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East London police are investigating an inquest docket after a 5-year-old boy drowned at a Virgin Active facility on Saturday afternoon.

Police spokesperson Colonel Sibongile Soci said the boy's mother was an employee at the gym and he had gone to work with her on the day.

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Soci said the boy was last seen playing in the reception area and it was suspected he opened the entrance to the swimming pool before drowning.

"His lifeless body was seen floating in the pool. No one else was swimming in the pool at that time. He was removed from the pool and was certified dead by the paramedics," Soci said.

Virgin Active MD Mark Field said initial investigations revealed that the child entered the pool area with his parent.

Field added that resuscitation efforts by staff and paramedics were unsuccessful.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, and our full support is being offered to the parents at this devastating time.

"Out of respect for the grieving mother we will not be divulging any further detail. This was a devastating accident and we would like to afford the child's mother her privacy given the enormity of the loss she is dealing with."

The facility said the police had not yet viewed  CCTV footage of the incident, adding that it was available to them.

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