9-Year-Old Drowns In Nadi
An emotional parent Shanti Reddy (mother ) and Muni Nadan (father) of Nadovi in Nadi who lost their son in a drowning incident yesterday. Photo:Litia Tikomailepanoni
A family of Nadovi in Nadi is mourning the loss of their son after nine-year-old Kushal Lakshman allegedly drowned at Relax Resort Fiji in Nadi at around midday on Monday.
Father, Muni Nadan, 38, said they were still coming to terms with the incident.
“My son loved swimming and he asked me if we could go to the pool for a swim,” Mr Nadan said.
“I went to put my mobile in my bag when he jumped with the ball into the adult pool. When I came back I asked my wife where my son was and that’s when we found him at the bottom of the pool.”
Mr Nadan said he and his wife both jumped in the pool to bring their son’s body to the surface.
He said that his late son wanted to become a veterinarian (Vet) since he loved animal and kept most of them as pets.
According to the owner of resort the video footage showed 18 people all enjoying themselves in the pool during the incident but they were still trying to understand how no one saw the child drowning.
The resort owner said: “The boy tried to retrieve the ball he threw a few metres and all of a sudden the ball slipped from his hand, for three to four minutes he was going up and down and people might have thought he was playing, even the parents were with him in the pool.
“The father came down the slide and started calling for his son; one of the man standing nearby then told them there was a black object in the pool and that’s when they tried to get him out of the water,” he said.
The resort owner said they tried resuscitating him on their way to the hospital and Kushal had vomited food out in the car, but upon arrival at the hospital he was pronounced dead.
Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Naina Ragigia confirmed the incident.
She said: “Investigation is underway into the drowning incident.”
Post mortem is expected to be conducted soon.