A tragic video has gone viral on the Chinese internet showing a 4-year-old boy drowning in a pool while his mother plays on her smartphone only a few meters away with her back turned.
The surveillance footage comes from the pool area of a resort in Xianyang, Shaanxi province. It shows the mom focused on her phone while her son desperately splashes around for his life just behind her back.
Somehow, neither the mother nor fellow swimmers notice that the boy is drowning. Eventually, the mom puts down her phone to go look for her son, unfortunately walking the wrong way.
Unable to locate her son, the mother asked for help from resort staff. It took them over 30 minutes to locate the boy’s body at the bottom of the pool. Surveillance footage shows that he struggled in the water for 3 minutes before drowning.
According to local reports, the pool has a 30-centimeter shallow end and a deep-end that gradually sinks down to 1.3-meters in depth. The sections are divided by a low wall. The boy drowned at a depth of 1.1-meters.
You can watch the surveillance footage below on YouTube:
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[Video via KanKanNews]
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