Pool Drownings in Perth and onboard Cruise Ship

Investigations have begun after Mr Jonathan Massandy has died in unexplained circumstances at a public pool in Perth.

It’s thought Jonathan Massandy, 29-year-old-father may have been underwater for up to eight minutes before he was found with a broken neck. He had been swimming with his six-year-old daughter at Leisurepark Balga on November 3.

Sarah Prijt, the mother of Mr Massandy’s daughter and nearly two-year-old-son believes there was no lifeguard on duty. She also believes the pool stayed open after the incident but the City of Stirling, which runs the pools, said it could not comment while it was being investigated.

“Given the matter is currently under coronial investigation, it is not appropriate for the City to comment on the particulars of the incident at this time,” community development director Michael Quirk said.

Mr Massandy was taken to hospital and put on life support, but with the family’s permission, it was turned off on Wednesday morning.

The City said its thoughts were with the family.

Ms Prijt said she had been in constant contact with Mr Massandy’s parents since the tragedy and his older brother and sister were also struggling with his death.

The family requests for privacy at this time.

 A 10-year-old boy has died after being found “unresponsive” in the cruise ship swimming pool onboard the Genting Dream, owned by Dream Cruises.

The news comes after at least a dozen drownings or near drownings on cruise ship pools in the last six years, and begs the question:  Who should be responsible for swimming pool safety on board cruise ships?

Out of all the major contemporary family cruise lines at sea, only three now offer lifeguards on duty: Disney Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

With cruise lines now boasting more water features than ever before, from wave pools to waterslides, multiple spas, water parks and oversized swimming pools. All this aquatic infrastructure is mainly targeting families with young children.

Image of the pool on board Genting Dream.

The news also comes as cruising is in the middle of a worldwide boom. Cruise tourism is worth $4.8 billion to the Australian economy. However, it is also noted that the cost to the economy of a single drowning is $4.7 million (RLSSA 2018). Furthermore, drowning is a preventable issue.

LSV would welcome any company providing pools or spas as part of their service offering to get in touch about how to make their pools safer and are available to provide expert advice.


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