The mother of the eight-year-old boy who drowned at the Aqua Park on Friday has filed criminal negligence charges against the park, local media reports.
In her complaint to the public prosecution, she cites the absence of lifeguards at the time of the accident and a lack of first aid facilities to revive her son.
The Aqua Park, located some 40km outside of Doha, contends these allegations, saying that six lifeguards were on duty and that the ambulance took 15 to 20 minutes to arrive, rather than the 45 minutes claimed in the suit.
The Supreme Council of Health has also gotten involved, defending its decision not to send a helicopter to retrieve the boy from the park, Al Arab reports.
In the days following the boys death, questions have arisen over the park’s ability to handle medical emergencies.
One park-goer who witnessed attempts to resuscitate the boy told Doha News that one of the doctors onsite didn’t have the proper tools to revive him.
But she added that liability also rested with the child’s family.
The boy was accompanied to the park by his two older siblings, who were not with him at the time he began to drown, both the witness and local media reports state.
Credit: Photo courtesy of Aqua Park Qatar on Facebook