21-year-old drowns to death in swimming pool in Mumbai

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2015 22:38 IST

A 21-year-old girl allegedly drowned to death in a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) swimming pool at Ghatkopar (East) on Friday after suffering from fits.

According to the police, Kanchan Rode, a resident of LBS Road in Ghatkopar, was swimming in the pool at Vallabh Baug lane, post noon. “Rode had a history of suffering from fits and she suffered a fit while swimming on Friday afternoon. Around six lifeguards, who are attached with the pool, were informed and they pulled the girl out of the pool and rushed her to the hospital,” said Shankar Dhanawade, senior inspector, Pant Nagar police station.

The autopsy report of the deceased is awaited, added the police.

Rode, who was rushed to Rajawadi Hospital, was declared dead on arrival, the police added. “We are in the process of recording the statements of the lifeguards, who were on duty that day to ascertain the sequence of events,” added Dhanawade.

The police have registered a case of accidental death and they are investigating the matter. “The incident is still under investigation and all the angles will be looked into,” said Vinaykumar Rathod, deputy commissioner of police, (zone VII).

The disaster control of the BMC, on the other hand, said Rode was pulled out of the swimming pool after her mother and an instructor present in the pool found that her health was deteriorating. They said she was pulled out, given a pill by her mother and was immediately rushed to the hospital.

The BMC added that Rode was declared dead on admission by the hospital authorities.

When asked, additional municipal commissioner, BMC, SVR Srinivas, who handles the swimming pools in the city if a fitness certificate is required before admissions to pools, he said “A self-declaration is compulsory before the admission and parents are not usually allowed inside if they are not members. However, I have to check the details of this case. We will have to find out if her mother was a member or was inside with a special permission.”

June 2014:
A 12-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool of a private club at Kandivali west, after he allegedly suffered from epileptic fits. Tapan Palan, the deceased, was a class V student and resided at Shimpoli in Borivli. Tapan had gone to the pool of a private club for swimming, along with his friends.

There were four lifeguards deputed at the pool. After he did not emerge for a while, his body was found floating on the water. The lifeguards rushed him to a hospital where doctors declared him dead. Tapan had a medical history of suffering from epileptic fits. The post-mortem report gave the preliminary cause of death as asphyxia due to drowning.

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