The 6-year-old had gone to the De Nekker Recreation Park as part of large group of children from the Brussels area. Early on Wednesday afternoon the child was seen lying on his/her belly in the water. This was in a shallow paddling pool near to the open air swimming lake.
It is still unclear what exactly happened to the child. Life guards rushed to the scene to give first aid. The emergency services were called, but was too late to save the child.
The police are at the scene and are questioning potential witnesses. An Examining Magistrate will also attend the scene in order to get a better idea of what exactly happened. At this stage of the investigation everything points to the child’s death having been a tragic accident.
Like in previous days the De Nekker Recreation Park was fully booked today. As part of the measures to maintain social distancing between social bubbles, visitor numbers at De Nekker are limited to no more than 500 at any one time. Reservation is obligatory.