An 8-month-old boy is in critical condition after his baby walker fell into a shallow pool of water at a luxury housing estate in Tsim Sha Tsui on Saturday evening.
The boy’s parents, a 35-year-old French banker and a 38-year-old Chinese woman surnamed Liu were with friends at a barbecue site on the podium level the Masterpiece, a luxury apartment block inside the K11 mall on Hanoi Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Eyewitnesses told the newspaper there were around 10 people at the barbecue site at the time.
The boy — unattended and in his baby walker — wandered off on his own out of the barbecue site and onto a path that had a shallow water trough on the side that was about 1 foot-wide and 2 inches-deep.
He was flipped head-first into the water after his walker went into the trough and turned upside down.
According to the newspaper, the parents found the boy after few minutes, and lifeguards at the swimming pool next the the barbecue site also rushed to the scene and tried to resuscitate the child after hearing the parents’ cry for help.
Emergency services were called, and police were at the apartment block to review CCTV footage. They believe the boy had been underwater for a few minutes. The newspaper reports that he was possibly under water for around seven to eight minutes.
The Tsim Sha Tsui luxury mansion was jointly developed by the New World Development and Urban Development Bureau and entered into service in November 2009. The facilities of the clubhouse include an outdoor swimming pool, a children’s pool, a solar terrace, an outdoor jacuzzi and a fitness room.