Gaza City (Ma'an)--A women died Thursday after being sucked into a swimming pool drain in Gaza City. Sahar al-Yaziji, 25, was pulled into the drain during a swimming lesson at a club in Gaza City.

Her sister Reem, who was also in the pool, told Ma'an that she tried to rescue Sahar but failed, nothing both were still learning to swim. Reem said the swimming teacher was not at the pool when the accident happened adding that it was three men, and not the teacher, who pulled Sahar's body out.

The victim's sister added that Sahar was dead when she was retrieved from the pool, disputing the swimming club's account that the 25-year-old died after being pulled from the water. The family held the swimming club responsible for Sahar's death and accused its trainers of negligence.


The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

More water safety tips