Authorities in Shanghai plan on carrying out a city-wide safety inspection on public swimming facilities after a 13-year-old boy drowned at a wave pool over the weekend.
The teen was swimming with his cousin and aunt at a public wave pool in the suburban Fengxian district when he was spotted drowning at around 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, Shanghai Daily reports. He was pulled out of the water by a lifeguard and seemed to show signs of life, but despite first aid efforts, was pronounced dead at the hospital at around 8:15 p.m.
The boy drowned in water around 1.4 meters (4.8 feet) deep.
Local authorities now plan on doing safety checks at the six wave pools in Shanghai to prevent any such tragedy from happening again. The pool in the Fengxian District Sports center has been temporarily closed down until tomorrow.
Wave pools are relatively shallow swimming areas that use artificially generated waves. Accidents involving young children at such pools are reported around the world.
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children aged five to 14 in China, claiming the lives of over 12,000 kids in that age group each year, according to a 2014 WHO report. It remains the fourth leading cause of death among youths aged 15 to 29.
In a tragic case from May, a 15-year-old boy was filmed drowning in a Hunan river as his friends stood on shore, pointing and laughing.