Girl, 10, drowns in family's hot tub in Dubai

The child's hair became entangled in the filter of the hot tub, police said

A girl drowned in a hot tub after her hair became entangled in a filter. Courtesy Dubai Police
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A 10-year-old girl drowned after her hair was caught in the filter of a hot tub, trapping her underwater.

Dubai Police said on Tuesday a 'flaw' in the design of the one-metre deep tub contributed to her death.

Police said the incident occurred at a family home in Bur Dubai, but did not initially disclose the date or time of the tragedy.

“Onsite investigations revealed the girl had drowned after her hair became entangled in the filter and she was trapped underwater,” said Col Ahmad Humaid Al Marri, crime scene investigations director at the force.

The girl had asked permission from her father to use the tub.

“After sometime, her father noticed her absence and rushed to the tub to find his daughter motionless and pinned at the bottom of the hot tub,” Col Al Marri said.

The senior police officer said tests carried out on the product found faults with its suction power.

“The engineering flaw made by the manufacturers, caused the tub’s drains to produce strong swirls that affected the water’s flow dynamic and as a result sucked the hair easily,” he said.

He urged people with children in their care to ensure they are supervised at all times.

"Since it is easy for long hair, limbs, jewellery, or pieces of a bathing suit, to become entangled in a swimming pool filter or drain, it is essential children always be taught to stay away from drains," he said.
"Children should always be supervised around water bodies especially swimming pools, hot tubs and open beaches."

He expressed the force’s heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.