BARI – A six-year-old boy living in Trinitapoli (Barletta- Andria – Trani) drowned this morning in the waters off the Margherita di Savoia “Paradise for young people” lido, north of Bari.
The little boy, as it has been learned from lifeguard sources, was doing a summer camp and was playing in the sea when he drowned.
The assistance provided by the 118 staff who only confirmed his death was of no use to him.
The boy who drowned in the waters off the Paradiso dei Giovani beach in Margherita di Savoia, in the north of Bari, would have turned 7 on July 21, he was born in Cerignola (Foggia) but resided in Canosa di Puglia and not in Trinitapoli as previously reported. In addition to the 118 troops, an air rescue team intervened on the scene. The Foggia prosecutor and the coroner arrived at the scene of the accident.
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PRINCIPAL 118: I DID WHAT I CAN TO SAVE HIM
“The child was lying face down in the water, a sea mirror of 15-20 cm. They took him to shore and performed CPR and heart massage. He was also intubated. Although we went beyond the canonical CPR times, they did not help the child’s recovery.” This was said by Donatello Iacobone, director of 118 of the ASL Bat, recounting the dramatic moments in which an attempt was made to save the dead child in Margherita di Savoia, in the north of Bari. The boy was participating in a summer camp. “It is premature to say what the causes of death were. To be fair, let’s wait for the technical times of the judge and the coroner -added Iacobone- unfortunately the six-year-old boy was found in cardiac arrest. The rescue arrived on time and implemented all the planned cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures in synergy with the Foggia helicopter rescue service but there was nothing to do.”
The arrival of the Foggia prosecutor and the coroner is expected. Police and coast guard personnel are on the scene.
LIDO OWNER IN SHOCK “BUT THE RESCUE WORKED”
“We are speechless. The rescue was there, the team was there. The help system worked. And our lifeguard, Salvatore, was one of the first to intervene and now he is in shock.” This was assured by Ansa Andrea Cristiano, owner of the lido ‘Paradiso dei giovanì in Margherita di Savoia, in the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, where a six-year-old boy residing in Canosa di Puglia, in the north of Bari, died this tomorrow. The causes of death of the boy who was participating in a summer camp have yet to be clarified. “The children were all together on the shore, we don’t know what happened,” he adds. “We feel sorry for the colony organizers who have been coming for years and are very good people”, he concludes.
THE STATEMENTS OF THE LIFEGUARD
“I heard a man yell and say ‘the baby is sick.’ I intervened immediately”. It is the story of Salvatore Damato, the 26-year-old lifeguard of the lido ‘Paradiso dei giovanì de Margherita di Savoia, in the north of Bari, where a six-year-old boy died today. «I got into the water and I saw that the child was sick -continues Salvatore, who has been a lifeguard for two years-, we placed him on the shore, I used the whistle to ask them to call 118 and meanwhile we began to do the first first aid maneuvers. we put it on its side and they brought us the defibrillator but the child showed no signs of life”, concludes the 26-year-old.
HYPOTHESIS UNDER EVALUATION: A CONGENITAL ILLNESS OR ILLNESS
The Foggia public prosecutor’s office, which coordinates the investigations of the carabinieri and the coast guard, on the death of the 6-year-old boy today, can order an autopsy to establish the causes of death: no hypothesis is excluded, from sudden illness to a congenital pathology never diagnosed.
The boy was at the beach because he was a member of a group that left Canosa di Puglia, the town where he lived, for the summer camp. Now the coroner’s report is awaited and an investigation for manslaughter due to lack of supervision of a minor could be opened. The investigations will be based both on the testimonies collected on the ground, heard from those responsible for the summer camp, and on the findings of the Sis carabinieri, the scientific research section of the Arma.
Next Monday, Professor Luigi Cipolloni, director of the Foggia forensic medicine institute, will be entrusted with the task of carrying out the autopsy of the six-year-old boy who died yesterday on the beach of Margherita di Savoia, in the north of Barí. The autopsy examinations must begin immediately after conferring the order and will serve to define the causes of death of the child who was in the stretch of sea in front of the ‘Paradiso dei Giovani’ lido, with some of the children who participated in a camp of summer with him The boy, born in Cerignola (Foggia) but residing in Canosa di Puglia, would have felt sick while he was in the sea a few steps from the coast. The relief was immediate and was provided not only by the beach staff but also by the 118 staff. The carabinieri and the coastguards are investigating the incident coordinated by the Foggia prosecutor that could open an investigation file for homicide due to lack of supervision of minors .