Swimmers urged to be alert after young girl drowns

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 April, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 April, 2004, 12:00am

Swimmers should pay attention to their health and abilities in the water, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department warned yesterday, after a child drowned at South Horizons.

It said swimmers were more vulnerable to accidents when they ignored their physical condition or tried to swim in deep water, irrespective of their swimming skills.

A department spokesman also reminded parents to take extra care when their children were swimming.

Children under 12 are not allowed to use public swimming pools unless accompanied by adults.

The warning came after a six-year-old girl drowned in a South Horizons pool on Saturday. The girl was with her mother, 41, in the 25m pool of the residents' club on the Ap Lei Chau estate when she got into difficulty.

Police said investigations suggested there were no suspicious circumstances.

Last year, 286 swimmers got into difficulties in public swimming pools and at public beaches, with eight dying.

'Those who suffer from infectious diseases such as acute conjunctivitis, acute gastroenteritis or respiratory tract infections should be considerate to other swimmers and not enter public swimming pool areas,' the spokesman said.

'Anyone found in a pool area with symptoms of infectious disease will be advised to leave and seek medical attention.'

For more guidelines on water safety, as well as the department's services and facilities, visit the Swimmers' Handbook website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/swimhandbook/en/index.html.