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Two young boys in near-drowning incidents doing okay

Two separate incidents are cause for concern as Green Party seeks to regulate private swimming pools


Two four-year-old boys who nearly drowned this week are reportedly in good health, following two separate but very similar swimming pool incidents involving foreign tourists.

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On Tuesday, a 4-year-old boy from Russia, who was vacationing in Cyprus with his parents, fell into a swimming pool at the family’s vacation rental home in Peristerona, Paphos district.

The following day, another child from Korea, also a 4-year-old boy vacationing in Cyprus with his family in the same district, fell into the swimming pool of an apartment complex in Tremithousa, where the family was vacationing on one of the holiday residences.

Green party MP Charalambos Theopemptou says regulations governing the use of private swimming pools are either ineffective or nonexistent.

Both boys were taken to Nicosia’s Makarios Children Hospital and on Thursday both were said to be doing okay.

The pool incidents raised concerns over safety, with the Green party weighing in trying to find ways to propose additional legislation for private swimming sites.

According to Green party MP Charalambos Theopemptou, regulations governing the use of swimming pools are either ineffective or nonexistent.

Theopemptou said that private swimming pools should be equipped with covers and a lifeguard on duty should be required at all times during hours when swimming is allowed in pools at apartment complexes and condominiums.

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