Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boy, 2, Drowns Day before First Swimming Class

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boy, 2, Drowns Day before First Swimming Class

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Byline: Rashid Razaq

A BOY aged two drowned after jumping into a pool the day before his first swimming lesson, an inquest heard today. Oliver Else had been splashing around in his armbands and rubber ring at a family party at a house in Watford Road, Northwood, on July 11.

Later that afternoon his father Jason took the armbands off, as the child wanted to watch a DVD. But Oliver crept outside and got into the pool when no one was looking. The inquest heard not all sides of the pool were visible because of a slide blocking the view.

Oliver was spotted by his grandfather as he walked to the pool from a different direction. He was taken to Watford General Hospital but died three days later despite being moved to intensive care at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. Tests revealed he had suffered brain damage due to a lack of oxygen. Coroner Edward Thomas gave the cause of death as cerebral hypoxia due to drowning. Recording a verdict of accidental death, he said: "Oliver was at a family party. …

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