Bulletin #55 - Teen sucked into resort pool pump     


A British teenager has drowned after losing his goggles in a Thai resort swimming pool and being sucked into the pool's pump system.

Nathan Clark, 14, was finally spat out in the pool's pump room at Pattaya Water Park, east of Bangkok.

The teenager was last seen after telling his brother Rhys, 15, that he had lost his goggles, before diving down to lift up the grate at the bottom of the pool.

 

 

Nathan's grieving family have now told of how they pleaded with resort for 30 minutes before staff took their distress calls seriously.

The teenager's father, Jim Clark, then dived down into the pump system in a desperate bid to save his son, but it was too late.

"The guards did nothing not for 30 minutes — they would not believe what had happened," Mr Clark told the Daily Mail.

"When I finally forced them to do something they went to the pump room, opened a hatch and my son's body came out."

A distraught Mr Clark turned on a Thai cameraman filming the body and hit at him with a spanner.

In a cruel twist, Thai police then ordered the father to pay 12,000 baht ($500) in compensation.

"I was distraught with what had happened — when I saw the intrusive cameramen I lashed out," Mr Clark said.

Writing on an internet blog, Rhys Clark recalled how he gone to get help before returning to the pool to learn his brother’s tragic fate.

"I was coming down the stairs to the main pool when I heard my father shout "No!" very loudly then my stepmother screaming," he wrote.

"If anyone is to blame it should be me … I should have stopped my younger brother."

Read Full Story at http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/836663/teen-sucked-into-resort-pool-pump

 

            
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