Posted Tuesday, July 11, 2006 5:17 PM | Contributed by supermandl
A seven-year-old boy seriously injured in a swimming pool accident at a Quebec water park has lost both legs below the knee. One of the boy's legs was severed Monday when he got caught in an intake pipe at the bottom of the pool. Alexis Auclair had been playing in the pool at the water park in Saint-Pie, about 50 kilometres east of Montreal. "He was sucked up in the tube," said witness Frederik Chrétien, an employee at Le Camping des Glissades d'eau St-Pie. leg was amputated in hospital.
Read more from The CBC.
I forgot... the daughter of the water park owner said: "its the parents fault, they should have watched their kid more".*** This post was edited by Absimilliard 7/11/2006 6:08:16 PM ***
I've never worked with a system where the pump was that close to the intakes. Everything I've worked with has had that equipment far down the line in the pumphouse.
First, the fact that the pump impeller was so close to the intake in the pool doesn't make sense...I am very familair with waterpark/pool filtration and I have never seen an application like this...so there may be a mising "piece" here...it doesn't make any sense. Dorv is right....pumps and motors are in pump rooms, which are more than a legs length away from the pool wall.
Second, while I am not familiar with Pool Codes in Canada, in just about every state/county in the US, there are codes that require duel suction intakes, whereas if one gets blocked, a second will take away the pressure. This is basically pool design 101. There are also mechanical devices (Stengel) that can automatically shut off a pump if the suction side gets blocked....
The fact the drain cover was not secured is inexcusable. Again, this is pool operations 101.
There is more to this tradegy than we currently know...
How could something like this happen? My heart goes out to this child and his family.
I agree with Jeff. The owners better be held criminally responsible and the park should not reopen unless there are new owners.
This may be the only time anyone hears me say this:
I HOPE THAT PARK GETS SUED BLIND!!!
Parents watching the kid or not, it shouldn't have happened in the first place.
Damn you all to hell.
This kid is very lucky to be alive. He was indeed sucked 7m (~23 ft) up the 22 cm (8") pipe intake. I have to assume that when the pump was shut off, the pressure of the water flowing back down the pipe (from the top of the slide to the pump) was enough to push him back into the pool. If he jammed in the pipe, he would be dead.
I still have 2 burning questions. 1: How could the lifeguard not notice the cover missing from the pipe? 2: What was the kid doing off to the side, near the bottom of the pool? (The inlets are not near the slide splash-down or exit, he would have had to swim towards them and drop to the bottom.)
I've heard other stories about kids getting caught in inlets, but this is the first I've heard of a waterslide inlet. More than a decade ago, I read a 'survival' story about a kid who was playing in a public fountain and got his leg caught in the inlet -- the challenge there was that there was no staff to turn it off. He lived, with the help of a firefighter rescue squad. (Moral of the story: Don't let kids play in bodies of water not intended for people.) Last summer, a young girl drowned in Ontario when her long hair got caught in a backyard pool inlet. Her family was nearby, but not watching her at the moment. When swimming, a few seconds can mean the difference between life and death. (Moral of the story: Never swim alone.)*** This post was edited by greatwhitenorth 7/12/2006 11:35:50 AM ***
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