On Friday, at a water park in Akyazi, Turkey, five people were electrocuted, including two teens and one child, 12. Media reports from Turkey reported that the town of Akyazi is located in the northwest province of Sakarya, 63 miles or 100km to the east of the country’s capital, Istanbul. The fatalities also included two people, the water park’s manager, Mehmet Kaya, 58, and his 30-year-old son, Kadir Kaya, who attempted to come to the rescue of the two teens and the child.
WGN-TV reported that the two teens and the 12-year-old were in a swimming pool at the “Aqualand” water park and could not escape when an electrical current surged through the pool. The ages of the two teens were 15 and 17. Apparently, not realizing the teens and the child were caught up in an electrical current, the water park’s manager and his adult son just saw that the three minors were in extreme distress, and jumped in to try to save them.
According to the New York Post, Mehmet and his son, Kadir, were electrocuted as soon as they touched the water, and they both perished in their attempt to rescue the other three victims. The BBC News reported that all of the five victims are believed to have been Turkish.
Water park employees flushed the water out of the swimming pool, as other employees worked to get the electricity to “Aqualand” shut off. The five victims were then transported to Akyazi State Hospital, in Akyazi, but doctors there could not save them and they were pronounced dead. WGN-TV reported that two other people were injured at the water park, before the power was shut off, when they touched metal railings at the swimming pool.
The police in Akyazi have instituted an investigation into the cause of the five victims getting electrocuted at the “Aqualand” water park. One contributing factor is likely that the water park does not have “a residual current breaker.” Residual current breakers are used to shut down the electrical power of a building or other facility, like a water park, to help prevent people from getting electrocuted or shocked.
Footage shown on television in Turkey showed the “Aqualand” water park, with ambulances in the parking lot. Employees as well as park visitors rushed the five victims to the ambulances, after the power was shut off and their bodies could be safely removed from the swimming pool. Other people waiting in the water park’s parking lot were perhaps curious onlookers, and some were possibly relatives of the victims, worried about their fates.
In Turkey on Friday, five people were electrocuted at the “Aqualand” water park in the town of Akyazi. Two of the victims were teens and one was a child, age 12. The other two victims, the water park’s manager and his adult son, were electrocuted when they jumped into the pool trying to save the three minors. A sixth victim, who was shocked from touching the swimming pool’s metal railings, is recovering at the hospital and “was expected to survive.” An investigation by the police is still in its early stages. Authorities in Turkey are looking into how the swimming pool became electrified in the first place.
By John Samuels
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