4-year-old drowns in pool, hours before start of Passover

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A four-year-old boy drowned in a guest house pool in the northern town of Katzrin on Wednesday, hours before the start of the Passover holiday.

Paramedics were called to the scene and found the child lying unconscious near the pool, where they attempted to revive him.

After more than an hour of trying to save the boy, they had to pronounce him dead.

According to data from the child safety organization Beterem, 16 children died from drowning in 2022 – half of them under the age of four. Between 2013-2022, 185 children drowned.

Orly Silbinger, the head of Beterem, urged parents to take care, warning them that drowning can happen quickly during periods of attention, in a statement on Wednesday after the tragedy.

“Don’t keep your eyes off your children when they are around the water. Appoint an adult to be responsible for watching children over long distances. “Don’t go on a family vacation before making sure the pool is fenced with an automatically locking gate, and that home pools are emptied immediately after use,” Silbinger advised.

“If it cannot be emptied, the pool should be fenced so that a child cannot access it without supervision,” she said.

Later on Wednesday, a 30-year-old man drowned at Charles Clore Beach in Tel Aviv. People passing by saw the man, pulled him out of the water and called for help. Paramedics arrived at the scene and attempted to revive the man but had to pronounce him dead a short time later.

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