Sharjah: A 5-year-old girl drowned in a swimming pool at a farm in the Mleiha district of Sharjah’s central district on Saturday night, police said today.
A family member of the girl told police they had rented the farm and planned to spend the weekend there. The girl sneaked into the swimming pool without the knowledge of the family, who were doing sunset Maghreb prayers.
They realized the girl was missing and after some searching found her motionless in the swimming pool.
Police received an emergency call from a family member who said the girl had drowned in the swimming pool.
The girl’s body was transferred to Al Dhaid Hospital at around 8:00 p.m. that day, before being handed over to her family for burial.
Police recently launched an awareness campaign and urged parents to supervise their children while they were playing. Parents are also advised to install a fence around the pool area to limit children’s access. Police say parental negligence plays a large role in child drowning cases.
Police are urging families to increase supervision of pool areas and are advising parents to never leave children unattended, even briefly, and not allow them to swim alone without an adult present.
To prevent child drowning, police urge parents and landlords to:
• Install fencing around the pool area.
• Make sure there is non-slip flooring around the pool. Make sure floats, tubes, toys and cleaning equipment are stored away from water when not in use.
• Provide swimming safety equipment such as life jackets and float arms.
• Close all doors leading to the swimming pool.
• Never leave children unsupervised and have supervision over them at all times