A 15-year-old died after he collapsed in a swimming pool while his father was teaching him to swim at Phase 6, SAS Nagar, on Wednesday. The deceased, who has been identified as Priyanshu Malik, a resident of Sector 41, Chandigarh, was learning swimming from his father RS Malik at the time of the incident. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Pool manager Malkeet Singh said the incident took place on Wednesday at about 7am. Priyanshu was standing in 4-feet deep water when he collapsed. He was immediately pulled out and taken to hospital.
Malik, who is employed with the Haryana AG office, took special permission for handing over the body to him as the family did not wish to get a postmortem done.
“The word heart attack should not be used. The common cause of sudden cardiac death in young patients is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is a muscle disorder where heart muscle becomes abnormally thick,” said Dr S Reddy, from GMCH, Sector 32.