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    Girl, 13, sucked to her death by swimming pool

    Girl, 13, sucked to her death by swimming pool circulation pump after workers forgot to replace grille

    A teenager on a family holiday was sucked to her death by a swimming pool's circulation pump after hotel workers forgot to place a safety grille over it.

    Sarah Eberhardt, 13, from Germany, was on holiday with her father at the resort town of Slatni Pjassazi on the Black Sea in Bulgaria when the tragedy happened.

    'The pump was so strong that as she swam it had the effect of a whirlpool and pulled her under and sucked her in,' said a police spokesman. 'It was a terrible way to die.'

    Sucked to her death: Sarah Eberhardt, 13, had been enjoying a holiday with her father when she was caught in a 'whirlpool' effect in the swimming pool

    The tragedy happened at the Berlin Golden Beach hotel where Sarah was staying. The water in the pool was less than five feet deep.

    She was underwater for 20 minutes when pool attendants jumped in and found her frail body in the shaft where the pump was situated.
    Her father Gerhard is under sedation as not only has he lost his young daughter but he also lost his wife to a stroke two years ago.

    On the day of the incident, the pool was working without a permit for this summer, Bulgarian paper The Sofia Echo reported.


    Investigation: The pool at The Berlin Golden Beach in Varna, Bulgaria hotel where Sarah was staying when the accident happened


    Prosecutors in Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Varna have opened pre-trial proceedings towards charges of criminal negligence following the death, the newspaper added.

    The supervising prosecutor in the case, Radoslav Lazarov of the Varna prosecutors’ office, said an additional inspection of the scene had been ordered, which had found that the grid that should have covered the filter was broken.

    Not only was the grille missing covering the pump but under normal circumstances it should have shut off as soon as a blockage occurred.

    The owners of the hotel had applied for a permit a month ago but had not waited for the municipal committee to issue a decision, a prosecutor's report said, according to The Sofia Echo.

    Only the suitability of the water had been checked, as well as whether documentation was in order, but it was up to the owner to ensure the condition of the facility, according to the report.

    Bulgarian National Television said that the manager of the hotel had declined to comment.

    Local building control records show that the pool has been in operation since 2004.

    Varna deputy mayor Hristo Bozov called for the establishment of a Tourist Police to ensure the safety of equipment at resorts.

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    SAD..

    Similar story in Pattaya with a boy,1 year or so ago...

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    Her father should own that hotel when this is over. RIP little one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forreachingme
    Similar story in Pattaya with a boy,1 year or so ago...
    Yes, Pattaya Park, but there were no charges of criminal negligence in that one, funny old place Thailand.

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    ^ I recall the BiB tried to extract some money from the dead boy's dad instead.

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    Terrible way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    They did, for hitting the reporter.
    Yeah, that was a real disgrace, the foreign press should have jumped all over that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forreachingme View Post
    SAD..

    Similar story in Pattaya with a boy,1 year or so ago...
    Yes, just thinking of that story. Got some play here.

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    Brutal.
    RIP.

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