UAE: Toddler drowns in family's swimming pool

The eighteen-month-old passed away before she could make it to the hospital


Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Image used for illustrative purposes
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Published: Tue 13 Sep 2022, 8:06 AM

Last updated: Tue 13 Sep 2022, 10:56 PM

An 18-month-old Emirati drowned in a swimming pool at her Ras Al Khaimah home on Monday evening, the authorities said.

The toddler was immediately taken to Saqr Governmental Hospital but was declared dead upon arrival.

The tragedy follows a number of recent drowning incidents in the emirate.

Earlier this year, an Emirati child died in a swimming pool — less than 30 days after a four-year-old and his nanny drowned in a hotel pool.

The authorities have repeatedly reminded parents and families to always keep an eye on children, especially near swimming pools.

The police had earlier shared the following safety tips:

  • Do not allow children to use swimming pools on their own
  • Put a safe fence around home pools and ensure kids know how to swim
  • Ensure that the floor surrounding the swimming pool is non slippery
  • Provide children with safety collars, life jackets etc while swimming
  • Avoid being distracted by mobile phones while swimming with children or near the pool
  • Ensure that the doors leading to home pools are locked all the time when not in use
  • Parents should know basics of first aid
  • Don’t allow children under the age of 3 years to enter a swimming pool on their own
  • Provide pools with fixed ladders and metal handles
  • Adhere to all safety instructions


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