SEAFORD: Boy drowns in pool tragedy

AN INVESTIGATION is continuing into the death of a 12-year-old boy who drowned in a swimming pool at a Seaford school.

Muhammad Talha Baber was at Newlands School’s activity centre when the tragedy happened.

He was part of a group on an educational holiday who were staying at the school.

Paramedics were called to the school in Eastbourne Road at around 8pm on Friday July 1 after receiving reports that a young boy had got into difficulties in the school’s swimming pool. Lifeguards tried to resuscitate him and paramedics battled to save the boy’s life but he was taken to the Eastbourne DGH and pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination showed he had drowned.

During the incident pupils at Newlands School were involved in putting on an arts festival.

Seaford Town Council leader Ian White, who was at the school for the festival, said, “As we were leaving there was an ambulance and I think a paramedic car outside the swimming pool.

“One of my grandsons commented that a child had drowned, then another ambulance arrived.

“We later found out that a child had died which was very tragic.”

Police are investigating on behalf of the coroner and are in liaison with the Health and Safety Executive.

Head teacher Mandy Johannson said, “During the evening of Friday 1st July a 12-year-old boy from Pakistan, who was part of a larger group visiting the UK, died in a swimming pool incident at Newlands School Activity Centre, Seaford.

“The circumstances of the incident are being investigated. HM Coroner and the Health and Safety Executive have been informed as have the boy’s parents.”