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Fujairah hotel employees ordered to pay blood money for death of child, two maids

Dh400,000 to be paid for deaths of a child and two maids after a hotel pool incident

Gulf News

Fujairah: The Fujairah Court has ordered a hotel manager and two hotel employees to pay Dh400,000 as blood money for the deaths of an Emirati child and two housemaids in a swimming pool accident.

The court also ordered the suspects to pay Dh500 each for causing the death of the three deceased during their stay in the hotel.

The incident dates back to October 23 when Fujairah security authorities received information that two maids had drowned in the swimming pool of the hotel where they were staying.

In addition, a three -year-old Emirati and his sister were seriously injured.

The bodies of the maids were taken to Dibba-Fujairah Hospital for an autopsy while the children were taken to the hospital and the hotel manager called in for interrogation. After a few days in hospital, one of the children died.

The three-year-old chil died on November 8, two weeks after the incident.

The child, Salmeen Hadef Salem Al Ameri, was to be flown abroad for treatment after Shaikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Eastern Region, offered assistance to the family but the child passed away in an Al Ain hospital where he had been admitted in critical condition.

The boy had slipped into the adult swimming pool at a hotel in Dibba, Fujairah. The boy’s mother who had left the pool for five minutes to bring food for her three children ran to the pool on hearing screams and gave her son cardio-pulmonary resuscitation after a female tourist pulled him out of the water.

Salmeen’s condition remained critical after he was admitted to Tawam Hospital and doctors indicated his chances of survival were slim.

Salmeen was buried at Al Mutawah cemtery in Al Ain.

According to the acting director of Dibba Police, Major Abdullah Al Yamahi, tragedy struck when Salmeen jumped into a swimming pool meant for adults in the moments when his mother went to get food for the family.

The two maids, A.A., an Ethiopian woman aged 25, and L.J., aged 20, of Sri Lanka, hadn’t noticed the child venture near the pool. When one of the maids found Salmeen drowning, she jumped in but drowned. The second maid then jumped into the pool in another failed rescue attempt.