Girl, 10, Drowned In Hot Tub With Engineering Flaw After Her Hair Was Sucked Into Filter
A ten-year-old girl drowned in a hot tub after her hair was caught in the filter, leaving her trapped underwater.
The little girl was found at the bottom of the one-metre deep hot tub in Dubai by her dad who noticed she had been gone for some time.
Colonel Ahmad Humaid Al Marri, director of Crime Scene Investigation Centre at the General Department of Forensics and Criminology at Dubai Police, said that a team responded to a report about a girl who had drowned in her family's one-metre deep hot tub.
He added that on-site investigations showed the girl had drowned after her hair became entangled in the filter and she was trapped underwater.
Col Al Marri said: "The young girl had asked for her father's permission to use the hot tub. However, after sometime 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."
It was revealed that the hot tub was transferred to the Forensic Science Lab for further technical investigation by the Forensic Engineering Division, who discovered that the suction power across the tub's holes was unequal.
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He added that Dubai Police's forensic team detected an engineering flaw, committed by the manufacture, where the tub's drains had caused some strong swirls to affect the water flow dynamic and suck the girl's hair.
Col Marri concluded: "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."
Responding to Dubai Police's Facebook post, one person said: "It's time to learn from this terrible incident. Manufacturers should review this and come up with warnings signs etc. God REST her in peace."
Another added: "Oh sad. May her soul rest in peace. Profound condolences to her family." Another wrote: "So sad, that's why it's safe to wear a hair cap if your hair is very long. Really so tragic. Condolence to the family."
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