THE news that a six-year-old Zara and her parents had to face a three-hour long ordeal after she became trapped in pool filter is terrifying.  

There are simply hundreds of pools on the Costa del Sol and this ‘accident waiting to happen,’ could easily happen again.

What is needed is proper checks by trained pool engineers who understand the risks and potential dangers lurking below the water.

In many urbanization, they leave this job to a gardener, left in charge of the pool with little understanding of how powerful these pumps can be.

Zara was lucky, imagine you’ve got long hair, you could be sucked in and that’s it, you’re dead.  

Gardeners are not qualified to maintain pools safely and they should be trained.

They need to be trained just like lifeguards. 

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