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wwyd - ds pushed (fully clothed) in pool by other kid

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duplotractor Sun 27-Jan-13 09:16:25

we are on holiday and I'd been for a swim in the hotel pool with my ds1. After we'd finished I was tidying uo and my ds was waiting for me - quite near the edge of the pool but he is sensible and I had my eyes on him the whole time.

Suddenly a boy - aged about 6/7- raced up and pushed ds in. I rushed in fully clothed to pull him out. I wasn't out of my depth but 2yo ds most defintely was. It was horrifying seeing my child submerged in the water.

My son was not surprisingly hysterical when I pulled him out and coughing etc.

The dad of the boy picked up his son and started hurrying away sort of poking his boy in the cheek as he went. I shouted after them "you could have killed my son". But they were hurrying fast and I wasn't really trying to catch them anyway.

Lots of people from around the pool were watching and staff came hurrying forward (obviously not wanting a scene). Suggested going to the indoor changing rooms to dry off and carried our bags for us. We were both soaking wet.

I just feel really traumatised and shaken by it now. Should I have remonstrated more with the boy/his dad or conplained to the pool attendants?? They obviously knoow what happened but should I have made more of a fuss.

lljkk Sat 02-Feb-13 14:58:57

Small community in foreign country where corporal punishment is the norm, manager didn't need to see it, it will be the gossip of the community.

(I live in a small gossipy town in a parochial gossipy local authority area where everybody knows everybody else's business).

TrucksAndDinosaurs Sat 02-Feb-13 14:59:49

Poor OP and toddler.
Children or adults who fall in pools do need to be checked afterwards for delayed drowning or dry drowning reaction.
Rare but can be fatal.


Floggingmolly Sun 03-Feb-13 22:45:02

Why was your two year old standing close enough to the edge to be pushed in in the first place? (The Hotel manager is a doctor, who could also see further events unfold even though the man and boy had already left the premises? hmm)

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