So many stories are of boozing fatalities at Sunny beach known too well for alcoholic drinking holidays. This is tragedy of different sorts where the dangers on unsupervised children and airbeds combined to lead to the death of this 9-year-old. What was meant to be a lovely holiday break turned out to be a terrible nightmare to this Polish family. They are in our thoughts right now.
A nine-year-old boy from Poland drowned on July 25 2009 at Bulgaria’s Black Sea resort of Slunchev Bryag (Sunny Beach) after falling off an air mattress. Lifeguards attempted to rescue the child but it was too late, Bulgarian media said. News agency BTA said that the child’s mother had not been watching the boy because she had been looking after a young baby. The tragedy happened as Bulgaria faced scorching temperatures, with authorities urging people to exercise caution in the heat, while in some places road traffic was banned and in the capital city Sofia, the Bulgarian Red Cross handed out free mineral water at two locations in the centre of the city. Bulgarian National Television (BNT) said that in some places in the country, temperatures already exceeded 40 degrees before noon.