Family holiday in Labuan turns tragic after boy drowns in pool

KOTA KINABALU: A weekend family getaway turned tragic when a six-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool at a villa in Labuan.

The boy was pronounced dead by the Labuan Hospital’s emergency unit following the incident at 7.45am Saturday (Jan 21).

Labuan OCPD Supt Ahmad Jawila said initial investigations found that the boy, who was staying in the villa with his family, had gone for a swim with other children at the pool located in front of the villa.

He said the victim’s mother was at the poolside monitoring her son while he took a dip with the other children.

About 15 minutes later, he said, the children were told to come out of the pool and return to their villas.

“But the woman noticed her son was missing and quickly went back to her villa to look for him.

“Minutes later, however, some other children at the pool screamed when they found the victim unconscious in the pool,” he said in a statement here.

Supt Ahmad said the boy was then moved to the poolside where he was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

However, he said the boy was later confirmed to have died by the emergency responders.

Police have ruled out foul play at the moment.

“A probe is on-going and we urge those with information pertaining to the incident to contact the Labuan police at 087-412 222 or the nearest police station,” he said.

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