KOTA KINABALU: A three-year-old girl drowned in a pool as the family spent the first day of Hari Raya at a club in Tanjung Aru here.
Despite a frantic effort to save the girl through resuscitation, Miti Ashlee was pronounced dead on arrival at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here.
The girl's mother Erna Rohana Abd Aziz lodged a police report at 6.45pm after the incident occurred at the pool of the Kinabalu Yatch Club around 5.20pm on Sunday.
According to witnesses, there were many children swimming and playing in the pool whose deepest end was 1.5m.
A group of children swimming in the water revealed that the deceased did not surface and immediately alerted the many parents near the pool.
“We do not know actually what happened but I suddenly heard shouts for help, said a member of the club, who declined to be identified.
“We believe that he might have gone to the deeper end of the pool and got into trouble,” he said.
He said the child was still alive when pulled out of the pool and “some of our members gave CPR but the child's condition worsened.”
“There was nothing much anyone could do, it is very sad,” he added.
Meanwhile Kinabalu Yatch Club commodore Louis Tseu when contacted said that the child and her family were guests of a member.
He said the club did not provide any lifeguards as it was small pool and families were required to keep a watch on their children.
It is learned that family members and a maid accompanied Miti Ashlee to the club. Members of the family could not be reached.
Kota Kinabalu City deputy police chief Supt M. Chandra confirmed the incident and said that police did not suspect any foul play but a post mortem would be conducted.
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