Extra warning signs put up following New Zealand pool death
Posted by Ben Alexander.
More warning signs will be put up at a park in New Zealand following the death of a boy who fell into a geothermal pool.
The ten-year-old boy fell into the pool on Boxing Day, suffering severe burns and dying in hospital.
Geothermal pools can have temperatures beyond 100 degrees Celsius.
Although all pools in Kuirau Park, in Rotorua, were fenced and had warning signs in place, a further 60 will now be added, the New Zealand Herald reports. Installation is due to begin tomorrow (Friday January 7th).
"We already have various other signs scattered around the park and along the perimeter, but we're certainly going to beef it up," Rotorua District Council parks and recreation manager Garry Page told the newspaper.
He added that "literally millions of visitors" had visited the park over the years, with the Boxing Day tragedy the first he could recall.
The signage will be written in English but some will feature a picture of a person with a line crossed through to alert people to no-walking areas.
It is believed the boy's family do not speak much English, the newspaper said.
Visitors to the park interviewed by the newspaper said that while warning signs should always be noted, ultimate responsibility lay with parents to ensure their children keep safe.
"This is the fifth time we've been here and we're always mindful to be careful around the pools," Sushil Reddy, from Auckland, told the Herald.
"My children know to stay near their parents and we've seen the warning signs. We just make sure that we keep an eye on them."
An investigation is now under way into how the boy died. It is thought he climbed over a fence and into the pool area.
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