Cergy: an 8-year-old girl drowned at the leisure center

This Saturday, August 14, an 8-year-old girl died after drowning in one of the basins of the Cergy-Pontoise leisure island, located in Neuville-sur-Oise (Val d’Oise).

Around 6.30 p.m., a mother informed the agents of the structure that she could not find her two daughters, 8 and 12 years old, in the bathing area, as specified. The parisian. But very quickly, the older one appeared while her little sister was nowhere to be found.

After the investigation carried out in the green spaces and on the water’s edge, the site waited for the evacuation of the premises at 7:00 p.m. to start the underwater investigation. It was then at 7:17 pm sharp, the girl was finally spotted 25 meters from the edge, at a point where the water level reached a depth of 1m60.

Rescuers tried to resuscitate her but in vain, it was too late for the little girl who had been submerged underwater for too long. Completely upset and shocked, the five members of his family present were transported in relative emergency to the Pontoise hospital.

Due to the strong heat that was felt this weekend, attendance was particularly high on the leisure island of Cergy-Pontoise. No less than 5,000 people were identified this Saturday. Ten lifeguards, thirteen security guards and four mediation officers were present to supervise the various activities of the complex.

This drowning is the first of the year for the Cergy Leisure Center, and to prevent this kind of dramatic accident from happening again, manager Fabien Franc is raising awareness for increased vigilance. “We really ask for caution and responsibility on the part of parents. Children really need to be supervised, to wear armbands and to be accompanied by adults in the water, ”he insists.

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