An unidentified couple is in great grief after losing three of their children in a swimming pool incident in the Ajah area of Lagos state.
According to Punch metro, the husband and wife went for an event when the three children left their house to swim in the pool.
Details of the incident are still sketchy. However, the security guards and some other residents in the estate found the children in the pool.
A source said immediately the children were recovered from the pool, they were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they were confirmed dead.
The source said, “The incident happened on an estate in Ajah. The estate has a pool generally accessible to residents. The three siblings were the only children of their parents. When their parents left home for an event, they went to swim at the general pool and drowned.
“The Chief Security Officer of the estate was part of the people that found the children unresponsive and quickly rushed them to a hospital, where they were confirmed dead. They also quickly alerted the Ajah Police Station and also informed the parents that something urgent that required their attention had happened, but didn’t disclose what happened to their children.
“So, the parents quickly aborted their outing. It was when they met the CSO and others that they were informed that their children had drowned. Upon hearing that all their three children had died, both husband and wife fainted and were rushed to a hospital, where they were revived.
“The children are all girls; the first child was 14-year-old; the second child was seven-year-old, and the third child was three-year-old. The incident happened towards evening.”
Reacting to the unfortunate incident via a tweet, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, condemned the estate management for not having readily available lifeguards to monitor activities around the pool.
The tweet read, “Just a piece of advice, do not use a swimming pool without an on-duty lifeguard. Do not swim at beaches without capable hands around. People are losing loved ones to avoidable drowning. Three siblings recently drowned together. Eldest was a teenager. Be careful out there.”