Girl, 10, drowns after her hair gets caught in hot tub

By Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 16 October 2019: A 10-year-old European girl drowned in a hot tub when her hair became entangled in the filter and she was trapped underwater.

Colonel Ahmad Humaid Al Marri, director of Crime Scene Investigation Centre at the General Department of Forensics and Criminology at Dubai Police, expressed the force’s heartfelt condolences to the family, friends of the deceased.

Col Al Marri said that a Crime Scene Investigation team responded to a report about a girl who had drowned in her family’s one-metre deep hot tub in the jurisdiction area of Bur Dubai Police Station. He added that onsite investigations showed the girl had drowned after her hair became entangled in the filter and she was trapped underwater.

“The young girl had asked for her father’s permission to use the hot tub, However, after sometime her father noticed her absence and rushed to the tub to find his poor daughter motionless and pinned at the bottom of the hot tub,” Col Al Marri added.

Col Al Marri explained that the hot tub was transferred to the Forensic Science Lab for further technical investigation by the Forensic Engineering Division, who discovered that the suction power across the tub’s holes was unequal.

Engineering Flaw

He added that Dubai Police’s forensic team detected an engineering flaw, committed by the manufacture, where the tub’s drains had caused some strong swirls to effect on the water flow dynamic and sucking the hair easily.

“Yes, it’s easy for long hair, as well as limbs, jewelry, or pieces of a bathing suit, to become entangled in a swimming pool filter or drain, which is why children should always be taught to stay away from drains,” “Children should always be supervised around water bodies especially swimming pools, hot tubs and open beaches” Col Al Marri concluded.