Civil defence urges caution after 10-year-old drowns

June 15, 2010

Bahrain’s public ministry has urged parents to be more vigilant after a ten-year-old boy drowned on Tuesday as he was swimming with his two brothers, 12 and eight.

The civil defence said that they received a phone call just after noon informing them about the incident in Arad, a village on the island of Muharraq, north of Manama, the capital.

“We reached the beach in just four minutes and took the victim out of the water and promptly started the rescue operations. Unfortunately, we could not save the boy who had died from taking in too much water,” a spokesman for the civil defence said.

The victim’s 12-year-old brother had tried to take him out of the water, but his attempts were not successful. The youngest brother was unhurt as he remained standing on the beach all the time, the spokesman said.

“We urge all parents to take special care of their young sons and daughters, especially that the summer holidays are here and the children have a lot of free time,” the civil defence said. “Pools and beaches remain places where children need to be chaperoned or supervised.”



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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