Despite being only a few feet away from several swimmers and sunbathers, a little boy lost his life after drowning in a swimming pool in the western Turkish city of Manisa. On July 7, the 8-year-old boy named Yusuf Asaf Tiktas accompanied his parents, Saime and Engin Tiktas, for a dip in the pool. While the parents were lounging beside the pool, Yusuf had splashed into the water by going down a slide on the edge of the pool. Within moments, Yusuf was seen drowning in the water, and his struggle to stay on the surface was captured by the security cameras.
Although there were other swimmers close by, nobody noticed the little boy drowning. His parents, Saime and Engin, were relaxing on the sun loungers and did not notice their son splashing around and struggling to keep his head above the water. It took the parents a while to finally notice that their boy was in danger, according to Mirror. Finally, they dragged Yusuf out of the pool, but by then, a considerable amount of damage had already been done.
Yusuf was immediately checked by the onsite medical team and then rushed to the Hafsa Sultan Celal Bayar University Hospital. For several days, Yusuf fought to stay alive in the hospital but did not survive. While he was drowning, the boy’s body did not receive enough oxygen, and this had a life-threatning effect on his brain. This eventually led to his death on July 12, and his distressed parents are grieving the immense loss.
Another incident of a boy losing his life in a pool was also recently reported from southern Turkey in the month of June. The 10-year-old child, Deniz Poyraz Karsli, was swimming in a baby pool at a water park when he was sucked to the bottom of the pool because of a faulty pump.