Little boy, 8, drowns in pool as parents sit at edge oblivious

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An eight-year-old boy has drowned at a swimming pool while onlookers, including his own parents, failed to notice he was in trouble.

Yusuf Asaf Tiktas was with his mum and dad at an outdoor swimming pool in the western Turkish city of Manisa on Wednesday, July 7, when the tragedy unfolded.

Security footage captured the moment the eight-year-old boy slid down the slide on the edge of the pool.

He can be seen struggling in the water for over a minute in full view of other swimmers and people including his own parents, who can be seen relaxing on sun loungers on the pool edge.

However, the other pool-goers somehow fail to notice the youngster was in trouble, despite him splashing about and his head barely remaining above the water.

Yusuf Asaf Tiktas was with his mum and dad at an outdoor swimming pool in the western Turkish city of Manisa on Wednesday July 7 when the tragedy unfolded. Credit: @temhanise/Newsflash/@temhanise/Newsflash
Security footage captured the moment the eight-year-old boy slid down the slide on the edge of the pool.
Security footage captured the moment the eight-year-old boy slid down the slide on the edge of the pool. Credit: Newsflash/Newsflash
He can be seen struggling in the water for over a minute in full view of other swimmers and people including his own parents, who can be seen relaxing on sun loungers on the pool edge.
He can be seen struggling in the water for over a minute in full view of other swimmers and people including his own parents, who can be seen relaxing on sun loungers on the pool edge. Credit: Newsflash/Newsflash

When his parents finally noticed he was drowning, they dragged him out of the pool and the onsite medical team whisked him off to the Hafsa Sultan Celal Bayar University Hospital.

He was taken into intensive care, where he remained fighting for his life for several days.

However, he finally succumbed to his injuries caused by his brain being starved of oxygen and died on Monday, July 12, leaving his parents, Saime and Engin Tiktas, distraught.

It is unclear if the police are investigating the case.

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