Greece News Weekly

Drowning of three children on a day raise questions about pools safety

In two separate incidents, three youngsters drowned in swimming pools of hotels on the islands of Rhodes and Crete on a single day.

An 8-year-old child drowned in the swimming pool of a hotel in Hersonissos on the island of Crete on Wednesday afternoon, the same day where two teenager sisters from France found tragic death on Rhodes.

In two separate incidents, three youngsters drowned in swimming pools of hotels on the islands of Rhodes and Crete on a single day.

An 8-year-old child drowned in the swimming pool of a hotel in Hersonissos on the island of Crete on Wednesday afternoon, the same day where two teenager sisters from France found tragic death on Rhodes.

The 8-year-old girl from Israel on vacations with her family was found floating face down in the pool. She was wearing a children snorkel.
The girl was seeing diving in the children pool that had a depth of just 0.60 meters. According to local media, the girl was in the pool area together with two siblings while the parents were also present.
While the girl was snorkeling, she became unconscious and drowned. The girl was in critical condition during her trasnfer to the University Hospital in Herakleio but despite doctors’ effort she didn’t make it.

The forensic report confirmed “death by drowning”, however, the parents did not want an autopsy.
Police arrested a Russian and a Georgian nationals, who were responsible for the hotel, at the time of the incident.

The two women were to be charged for negligent homicide. Police investigates whether they were in the hotel facility at the time of the incident and moreover whether they called for the ambulance in time. The hotel owners had not testified to police yet.
The incident took place on Wednesday, on the same day where two French sister, aged 16 and 19, were drowned in a hotel swimming pool on the island of Rhodes.

The three tragic deaths in hotel pools on a single day alerted authorities but also the tourism industry, who raise questions about the safety of pool swimmers.

No lifeguard was present in the pool area in both incidents that occurred, state broadcaster ERT TV reported on Friday, as the shift had ended.