A two-year-old boy who fell into a temporary pool in a Lincolnshire garden died accidentally, a coroner has ruled.That may be technically true, but a closer look at the coroner’s comments is needed.
Dylon Booth fell into the play pool in Winthorpe, near Skegness, while being supervised by his mother's friends on 4 July, the Horncastle hearing was told.Some ‘supervision’ that was…
He was taken to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre where he died five days later in intensive care.
After the hearing Dylon's mother, Emma Booth, told reporters her son's death could have been avoided.Indeed. By her, or by her friends:
She said: "If anybody is thinking of putting up a paddling pool of any type, before it's put it up they must [look at] the safety precautions.Indeed it could, but no matter what advice is issued, it relies on people to take notice of it.
"If they haven't got the money to do it, don't put the pool up. It's not worth the risk.
"And if you do, you must supervise at all times, because I've lost my little boy - and it's an accident that could have been prevented."
And if they aren’t the type to take notice of it, are they the sort of people you could leave your toddler with? I’d have to say ‘No’…
But it’s the mealy-mouthed statement from the coroner that perturbed me:
Coroner's officer Neil Jones said: "The coroner doesn't want to criticise the family or anybody involved in this case at all, but there are lessons to be learned.Nice weasel words there – you don’t want to criticise, yet you then point out that safety instructions were issued, and ignored.
"The manufacturer of this pool did issue a very impressive document that outlined the safety measures that should be taken.
"And the coroner would like to emphasise that those instructions should be followed at all times and may well have prevented this tragedy."
By whom, Mr Jones…? Those people you don’t want to criticise, perhaps?
How long before there are calls from the usual suspects for tighter regulation on paddling pools, or a certificated installation scheme?
After all, it’ll be ‘for the chillddreeennnn!’…