4yo Girl Drowns In Pool As Parents Sit 1 Metre Away

Story ByAngjela TrajkovskaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

A four-year-old girl has drowned in a swimming pool in her back garden as her parents sat just one metre away.

The tragic accident took place in the village of Omoljica in the municipality of Pancevo in central-northern Serbia as the girl, named in reports as Helena T., was playing in the pool which was just 65 centimetres (26 inches) deep.

Local media report there were five to six adults, including her parents, sitting between one and two metres (three and six feet) from the pool when the incident took place.

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Her grandfather Milosav told local media: “From time to time she was getting out of the pool to fill up a water gun at a nearby tap and she was then returning. We were talking and one second we noticed she was gone.”

Her family started to look for her in the garden but could not find her. 

Milosav said: “We lost so much time looking for her. Then my son went to cover the pool with a tarpaulin and he saw her. We took her out, but it was too late. Nothing more could be done.”

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Paramedics were called to the scene but could do nothing to save the girl who had drowned, according to reports.

Netizen ‘ja’ commented: “Terrifying, how could they leave such a small child without supervision in the pool?”

While ‘Kiki’ added: “One moment of not paying attention unfortunately. Only one second is enough. Sad.”

And ‘Lola’ wrote: “How can a child drown in their own pool, where are the parents?”

It is not clear whether an investigation has been opened.

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Angjela Trajkovska

I am a journalist and subeditor working for Central European News.

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