The deceased S Habibullah was a manager of a two-wheeler spares firm, said police officers. He was a resident of Thambu Chetti Street in Mannadi and is said to be fitness conscious. He reportedly did not have any medical history of ailments.
Habibullah used to drop his two children – nine-year-old daughter Ahmadullah and six-year-old son Abdullah – for the early morning swimming classes and would walk around the pool until the session got over.
On Tuesday, he got into the pool and was standing at the shallow end, which is 2.5-feet deep, when he collapsed.
The lifeguards who were present at the spot rushed to his rescue, but he couldn’t revive him after he was taken out of the water. The pool’s depth varies from 2.5 ft to four ft.
However, Ahmed, a relative of Habibullah, blamed the absence of helpers at the spot for the tragic death. “Had somebody noticed him, he could have been saved,” he said. After the incident, the pool was closed for the day.
Habibullah’s body was later sent to Omanduruar Government Hospital and was handed over to his kin after the autopsy. Police suspect that Habibullah might have suffered a massive attack and said it can be confirmed only after the report from the doctors.
Viscera samples have also been given for examination. Currently, a case has been registered under section 174 CrPC in Anna Square police station and further investigation is on.
“The fact that he drowned in 2.5 feet water is tricky and we are probing whether he attempted to do any stunt or health complications,” said an investigation officer. The Marina swimming pool usually opens at 6 am and is open till 8 am for coaching children, after which only women are allowed till 9.30 am. Later, it is open for everyone.
SUMMER AND DROWNINGS
Come summer, all the swimming pools in the city are bustling with activity as the Chennaiites flock there to get some respite from the rising temperature. But every year, at least two to three drownings are reported in these swimming pools, exposing the lack of implementation of safety measures
INCIDENTS LAST YEAR
- May 13: An eight-year-old girl drowned in front of her mother and trainer in a swimming pool in JJ Nagar. Andrea was a Class 3 student at a private school in Padi
- May 14: A 24-year-old man drowned in YMCA pool in Nandanam. Balasubramanian, a bank employee from Neelankarai, who was not a good swimmers, drifted to the deeper side of the pool and was found dead.
MARINA POOL FACTS
- Depth of the pool - 2.5 feet to four feet.
- It is 100 and 30 metres in length and breadth, respectively.
- Though the pool belongs to the Chennai Corporation, it is maintained by a private agency.