Lifeguards who could not swim, supervisor fined in girl's drowning

Jan. 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM

RAS AL KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Three people were fined after they were found liable for the death of a child who drowned in a United Arab Emirates hotel pool, a judiciary officer said.

The Misdemeanor Court of the sheikdom of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates fined two lifeguards, who court records said could not swim, and their supervisor in the 2013 case of an unidentified girl, 4, who drowned.

Each defendant pleaded guilty.

The lifeguards were each fined 10,000 dhiram ($2,725), the supervisor was fined 20,000 dhiram ($5,450), and the three were collectively ordered to pay 200,000 dhiram ($54,503) to the family of the victim, the Dubai newspaper Gulf News reported Wednesday.

Capt. Yousuf Yaqoob of the Ras Al Khaimah police said a rescue team arrived at the pool immediately after the incident was reported, and were unable to resuscitate the child.

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