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Dubai Police issue warning after girl drowns in hot tub

Ten-year-old died after her hair became entangled in filter

Dubai Police issue warning after girl drowns in hot tub
The European girl died when her hair became entangled in the filter and she was trapped underwater.

Dubai Police have issued a warning to parents after a 10-year-old girl drowned in a hot tub.

The European girl died when her hair became entangled in the filter and she was trapped underwater.

Colonel Ahmad Humaid Al Marri, director of Crime Scene Investigation Centre at the General Department of Forensics and Criminology at Dubai Police, said: “Yes, it’s easy for long hair, as well as limbs, jewellery, or pieces of a bathing suit, to become entangled in a swimming pool filter or drain, which is why children should always be taught to stay away from drains.

“Children should always be supervised around water bodies especially swimming pools, hot tubs and open beaches.”

Col Al Marri said that a crime scene investigation team responded to a report about a girl who had drowned in her family’s one-metre deep hot tub in the area around Bur Dubai Police Station.

“The young girl had asked for her father’s permission to use the hot tub. However, after some time her father noticed her absence and rushed to the tub to find his poor daughter motionless and pinned at the bottom of the hot tub,” Col Al Marri said.

The hot tub was taken to the forensic science lab for investigation where it was found the suction power across the holes was unequal.

Col Al Marri added that the forensic team discovered an engineering flaw from the manufacturer where the tub’s drains had caused strong swirls to affect the water flow and cause hair to be sucked in easily.

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