Turkey water park: Three children among five dead in electrocution at Akyazi pool

All five were electrocuted when in the pool in Skarya province in the north-west of the country

Caroline Mortimer
Friday 23 June 2017 18:22
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The park manager and his son were killed as they tried to rescue the children
The park manager and his son were killed as they tried to rescue the children

Three children are among five people who have been electrocuted in a swimming pool at a water park in north-west Turkey.

The three children were said to have been caught up in an electrical current in the pool at the park in the town of Akyazi, in Skarya province and the park manager and his son jumped in to try to save them.

All five were rushed to hospital but could not be saved, the private Dogan news agency reported.

The Anadolu news agency said a sixth person was also taken to hospital with injuries.

The children were aged 12, 15 and 17, according to the private NTV television channel.

Gendarmerie officers were conducting an investigation into what caused the electrocutions, Dogan reported.

Television footage showed ambulances waiting outside the water park and several people gathered outside Akyazi State Hospital.

Police officers were conducting an investigation into what caused the electrocutions, Dogan reported.

It added, however, that the park lacked a residual current breaker that shuts down power to prevent electrical shocks.

The Hurriyet news agency has named the park manager as Mehmet Kaya, 58, and his son as Kadir Kaya, 30, BBC News reported.

Additional reporting by agencies

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