An 11 year old boy drowned last night in the swimming area in south Male’, after he became entangled in some rope underwater.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said that police received a report of the incident at 10:20pm last night.
”Police officers were there within five minutes,” Shiyam said.
Shiyam said that police officers noted that the boy was not breathing when he was taken out from the water.
”We provided first aid to the kid before he was taken to hospital,” Shiyam said, “but he dead when we took him to the hospital.”
A person familiar with the incident told Minivan News that the boy went to the sea with a group of children who were of almost the same age, including his own brother.
He said that the kids were playing a game in the sea.
”They were playing a game where each one of them went under the water holding their breath, and picked up sand,” he explained.
He said that when the boy did not resurface for a while everybody started to panic.
”His brother went down to see what happened to him and he also did not come up,” he said. ”The boy’s leg was stuck in a loose rope tied to a stone beneath the water.”
He said the boy’s brother tried desperately to save him, ”but he was out of breath and had to come up. His brother was still under water.”
He said that shortly afterwards two men came and were able to pull the boy from the water and call police.
”His brother who tried to save him is still admitted to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital,” he said. ”He was taken to IGMH because he had breathing problems because he hold his breath for a long time,”
He said the boy who died was a student in Imaduddeen School.
He was buried after the Afternoon Prayers today.