x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Family awarded Dh300,000 after daughter drowns in Abu Dhabi hotel pool

The parents of girl who drowned in a hotel swimming pool will receive Dh300,000 in compensation, the civil appeals court has ruled.

ABU DHABI // The parents of a girl who drowned in a hotel swimming pool will receive Dh300,000 in compensation.

The child was staying with her family at Le Meridien hotel when her mother left her alone by the pool for a few minutes to fetch snacks.

When she returned she could not see her daughter and assumed she had gone to play at the children’s club. But her father noticed her lying motionless at the bottom of the pool.

After pulling her from the water, he tried to revive her with the help of another guest. The hotel’s staff said they had not received any first-aid training. She died in hospital three days later.

Her parents filed a civil lawsuit claiming blood money and moral and financial compensation.

They said they were raising their daughter to support them financially when she was old enough to work.

The family blamed the hotel’s negligence for her death and sued for damages.

The Civil Court of First Instance awarded them Dh100,000 in blood money, Dh200,000 in moral compensation and Dh100,000 in financial compensation.

The parents were not satisfied and appealed, as did the hotel.

The Civil Court of Appeals upheld all amounts aside from the moral compensation, which was reduced to Dh100,000.

hdajani@thenational.ae