Two year old toddler fighting for life after drowning in swimming pool in Barka farm

October 07, 2018

A two year old toddler is fighting for his life at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH) after drowning in a swimming pool in a farm in Barka while his family and friends were enjoying a day  out on Friday. 

The child suffered an ‘unthinkable accident’ and is now in Intensive Care Unit. His condition is stable, however, doctors are still trying to extract unwanted substances from his body, a family member said. Nasser Khamis al Musalmy, the child’s grandfather, told Muscat Daily that the incident occurred when a group of some 50 women of the family organised a women-only day out. “All the women of the family decided to meet at one of the farms in Barka on Friday. While they were having a good time, the boy jumped into the swimming pool. None of the few women around could jump after him. It was some time before one of the women who could swim jumped in to save him. “The problem is that not many women knew how to swim,” he said.

After he was taken out of the pool, the boy was rushed to a Barka health centre but later transferred to SQUH. “After initial investigations at the health centre, he was rushed to SQUH by an ambulance where he is undergoing treatment. X-rays have been done of the head and, thank God, his head is not damaged by water,” Musalmy said.

Even though drowning cases saw a significant fall last year, authorities say people are still ignoring safety warnings. According to data from the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA), 173 drowning cases were registered in 2017 compared to 286 incidents in 2016.

ROP sources said that some drowning incidents take place in swimming pools in residential premises and farm houses, and to prevent these, the pools must be surrounded by minimum 1m high barriers with a door that can be locked. “Drowning cases are becoming increasingly common in Oman, as people continue to ignore warnings. There is need for parents to be cautious,” an ROP official said. According to data, children make up the majority of drowning victims.