In a horrific and senseless tragedy, a 6-year-old boy recently drowned to death during a swimming class at a public pool in Jiangsu province.
According to local media reports, this was the kid’s first swimming lesson at the pool in the city of Suqian. Smartphone video shows the aftermath in which a group of people were holding his body and patting his back on the side of the pool, trying to resuscitate him.
After checking on the surveillance footage, the boy’s family found that the child had been struggling in the water for about 10 minutes before someone finally noticed him.
It’s unclear how such a long time passed without his drowning being noticed, especially in what looks like a relatively small pool.
Local officials have ordered the pool closed for rectification.