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TOP LAWYER’S CHILD (2) DROWNS IN FAMILY POOL

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MBABANE – Tragedy struck a top lawyer’s family at Mountain Drive near Fonteyn yesterday as their two-year-old daughter drowned in the family pool.

The incident happened yesterday after lunch while the lawyer and his wife, a businesswoman, were not home. Information gathered is that one of the doors of the house was left open and the toddler managed to walk out, apparently unnoticed. The child is said to have walked towards the pool area and when they searched for her in the house, they could not find her. As they continued with the search, they found her floating in the swimming pool, presumably already dead. They tried to resuscitate her while they called for help but it was too late. They later called the police. When the father of the child was called, he stated that it was still too early for them to comment as they had not even informed other relatives.

“How did you find out about this? Please let us be for now and let me take my child to the mortuary. We are still traumatised and trying to get to terms with what happened,” the father said in a polite manner, though sounding traumatised.
Superintendent Khulani Mamba, the Chief Police Information and Communications Officer, confirmed the drowning. “There are ongoing investigations about the drowning. There was an enquiry file opened of a two-year-old who was found floating dead in a family pool. We continue to send out a word of caution to the nation that they should look after children near dams or pools. Even adults should also be careful as drowning incidents seem to be on the rise,” Mamba said. A similar incident happened around this time last year where a girl drowned in a swimming pool on the day of graduation while at her preschool in the capital city.  Last week, a 31-year-old man drowned at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary swimming pool while on an outing with family members.

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