Child, 3, drowns during school trip

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

A three-year-old boy drowned during a preschool outing at Gillooly’s Dam, on Gauteng’s East Rand.

Bedfordview police spokesperson Sergeant Mduduzi Nhlabathi said the child was among a group of preschool pupils who visited the park on Friday. According to Graham Dickson, who owns a restaurant near the damn, a distressed woman approached patrons for help, The Tembisan reported.

“My son and I initially thought she needed to bring the children into our restaurant. Instead, she screamed out that a baby was in the water,” said Dickson.

A patron administered CPR on the boy until the paramedics arrived at the scene and later declared the child dead.

“We had the best paramedics on scene. Unfortunately, the child seemed to have been in the water for about 20 minutes or so. The doctors never gave up until after an hour when they declared the child dead,” said Dickson.

Last month, a three-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool in Ramsgate, KwaZulu-Natal. The child was reportedly found in the pool by family members, who then contacted emergency services.

Paramedics spent about an hour trying to resuscitate the boy before declaring him dead on the scene.

– Caxton News Service

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