IN MOURN­ING:

BOY, 9, DROWNS AT RE­SORT POOL IN NADI

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Afamily of Nadovi in Nadi is mourn­ing the loss of their son af­ter nine-yearold 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.

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. Muni Nadan Fa­ther of vic­tim

Photo: Litia Tiko­maiepanoni

Griev­ing par­ents; Shanti Reddy (mother), and Muni Nadan (fa­ther), of Nadovi in Nadi

who lost their son in a drown­ing in­ci­dent.

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