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Pool death: 4 have work permits revoked

LOCAL authorities yesterday revoked the work permits of four people - the swimming coach, lifeguard, lifeguard leader and pool director - who are blamed for the drowning death of a six-year-old boy during a swimming class on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, the children's courses at the Shanghai Swimming Club were suspended yesterday, with parents allowed to quit their wards' unfinished classes and get refund.

A severe breach of duty by the swimming coach and the lifeguards was the cause of the mishap, an investigation team consisting of police and sports authority concluded yesterday after a three-day probe.

"The coach ignored the safety of the boy during the class," Xing Tao, director of the Shanghai Social Sports Management Center, said in a local TV interview. "Lifeguards didn't notice the boy's reaction."

Contrary to the pool management's earlier statement, the investigation team said it was a fellow student, not the coach or lifeguards, who first noticed the boy floating in the water. It was then that the lifeguards rushed to provide first-aid.

"The late discovery caused an untimely rescue," Xing said. "They definitely should be responsible for it."

In the wake of the drowning death, authorities will launch inspections of other swimming pools in the city to eliminate potential safety risks.

The 1.28-meter-tall boy was found dead in a 0.8-meter-deep pool on Tuesday.

The coach and an in-house doctor performed first-aid measures before the ambulance arrived.

The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital despite efforts to revive him.

The boy apparently choked on food while he was under water, according to the investigation team. The water pressure pushed food from his stomach into his mouth and blocked his trachea, which suffocated him.


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