A four-year-old boy tragically drowned in a popular swimming pool in China on Tuesday while his mum checked her phone.

The child’s mother, surnamed Xiao, was playing on her mobile phone just feet away as he struggled in water, according to a surveillance video posted by People’s Daily Online on Twitter.

Ms Xiao apparently did not notice her son was drowning as she went to look for the boy in other parts of pool after she put down her phone.

The boy and his mother were swimming in a pool in Xianyang, north-west China’s Shaanxi Province, reported Huanqiu.com, an affiliation of People’s Daily.

The woman was standing around three metres (10 feet) from the child when she was checking her handset, the report said.

The video shows that there were seven to eight swimmers in the pool, however none of them noticed the child was drowning.

After struggling for about three minutes, the boy was submerged in water at about 1.1 metres (3.6 feet) deep.

When Ms Xiao realised that her son was missing, she sought help from the staff at the pool, according to a friend of Ms Xiao’s.

Together they looked for the boy for more than an hour and eventually found his body at the bottom of the pool.

Ms Xiao told a reporter from Hua Shang Daily: ‘If I had known this would happen, I would never bring him here.’

She claimed she was just two metres (six feet) away from the boy when she was checking her phone, reports Daily Mail.

So tragic. Distraction can be very dangerous as Dr Adrian Mattke fromĀ Children’s Health Queensland & Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital explains in the video below.

Children can drown in just a few seconds.

It is best to carefully watch your children at all times around water.

Share your comments below.

  • This is so sad. Another reminder NEVER to take your eyes off kids when in the water.


  • Why would you have a 4 year old in a pool without watching out for him? Others would have concentrating on keeping their children or themselves safe. He may have been affected from the current in the water from other swimmers. Fancy taking your phone into the water. Couldn’t that also be dangerous?


  • Oh how awful. I pray i never know what that feels like.


  • Oh no, how sad for everyone, that poor mother will torture herself for the rest of her life over this


  • This woman will live with this the rest of her life. Tragic for everyone involved.


  • Aw, how tragic ! This is so sad.


  • There are so many times that mobile phones should be banned and around a pool with your child is one of them. You don’t take your eyes off your child in water – drowning doesn’t take very long at all.


  • A parent should be within arms reach of a child 5 & under.
    Rip little one


  • trying hard not to judge – trying real hard


  • How truly heartbreaking! That poor child


  • Poor little child. And the mother was so close by. If she had just turned around. So sad. :-(


  • omg not another one! That poor little soul


  • Sorry but this woman is an idiot. Children + water = DEATH without constant adult supervision . If it was that important to check her phone then she should have taken the child with her. After realising you cant see your child in a place like that, the FIRST place you check is under,and in the water. She failed this child in so many ways.


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