What is the total for this month now, ten I think it is? Maybe the Canadian Government department of multiculturalism should offer swimming lessons to Muslim women?
Mother drowns, daughters critical after boing found in swimming pool
Toronto woman Naila Yasmin dead, daughters aged 14 and 11, fighting for their lives after they were found in Gananoque hotel swimming pool
Toronto — Globe and Mail Update Last updated on Monday, Jul. 20, 2009 06:18PM EDT
A woman has drowned and her two young daughters remain in serious condition after they were found, unresponsive, in a pool at a hotel in Gananoque, Ont., Saturday morning.
Toronto resident Naila Yasmin, 43, succumbed to her injuries in Kingston General Hospital early Sunday afternoon.
Gananoque Police reported her two daughters, aged 14 and 11, were still hospitalized in life-threatening condition.
A witness found the three in the pool at Gananoque’s Best Western Inn around 9 a.m. Saturday.
A spokeswoman said Best Western isn’t commenting on the incident, but said the hotel is co-operating with police.
Police say they don’t suspect foul play and aren’t ordering an autopsy to be performed, but a joint investigation between Gananoque Police and Ontario Provincial Police is ongoing.
Yep. Its a common thing for three women to suddenly all drown at the same time at public pools. Happens daily. Nothing to see here folks. Then there is this:
Published: July 22, 2009 at 8:50 AM
A Toronto man and surviving family members are mourning the drowning deaths of his wife and two daughters in a hotel swimming pool.
Naila Yasmin, 43, was found floating face down in the deep end of the unsupervised pool at a Best Western hotel Sunday morning and her 11- and 14-year-old daughters were found floating in the pool’s shallow end.
The mother was declared dead at Kingston General Hospital that day, while the 14-year-old died Monday, followed by her 11-year-old sister Tuesday, the Toronto Star reported Wednesday.
Autopsies on the first two victims concluded death by drowning, and an autopsy was scheduled for the youngest child, Ontario Provincial Police said.
The OPP said none of the victims knew how to swim and foul play was not suspected.
The unidentified husband and father was having breakfast with his two sons in the hotel restaurant when the drownings occurred, the Star said.
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A Toronto father is struggling to help his two sons cope with the loss of their mother and two sisters, who drowned in a hotel pool while vacationing in the eastern Ontario resort town of Gananoque.
“I don’t know how I will survive,” Muhammad Sana Ullah said Wednesday night, three days after the trio were found with no vital signs in the hotel pool. “I have lost the most important things.”
Naila Yasmin, 43, a wife and mother of four, died in hospital on Sunday. Her 14-year-old daughter, Kinza Kaianad, died Monday evening and 11-year-old Sunaila Kaianad died Tuesday afternoon. All died at Kingston General Hospital.
Autopsy results suggest that Yasmin and her daughters, described as “non-swimmers,” likely drowned in a 10-minute span on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Ullah and his two young sons — aged four and seven — were eating breakfast at the Best Western Country Squire Resort, where the Toronto family was staying during their vacation to the Thousand Islands.
Now the father said he is left to plan funeral arrangements.
“I plan to take the bodies to Pakistan,” Ullah said.
Prayers for the three will be said Sunday at a Toronto mosque, he added.
The family has lived in a highrise in the heart of Toronto’s Pakistani community for more than five years.
News of the tragedy had spread quickly through the apartment complex Wednesday. Someone had placed a large arrangement of white flowers by Ullah’s home.
A note written in Urdu, the Pakistani language spoken by the family, was taped to the door of their apartment. Translated, it asked anyone who wished to pay their condolences to knock on the door of the neighbouring apartment, where family friends had gathered Wednesday.
The door was left ajar for those who knew the family to enter whispering soft messages of grief and support.
Hanif Ahmed, who lives down the hall from the family, said they were very close.
“They are a very good family,” he said. “So attached.”
A colleague who works with Ullah as a real estate agent at Homelife Victory Realty Inc. said he spoke with Ullah on Wednesday, after hearing the sad news from a close family friend.
With both parents working — Yasmin at a Tim Horton’s — the family had long planned to go on vacation while the children’s school was closed for the summer.
Ahmed said he last saw Yasmin in the hallway just before the family left.
“She was a very nice woman,” he said. “She was telling me they were going out of the city for their vacation. It’s very sad.”
Both girls attended nearby Thorncliffe Public School.
Mohammed Ajaz has lived in the neighbourhood for five years. His 12-year-old daughter often spent evenings playing in an area park with the two Ullah girls.
“They were happy kids. Very playful, very respectful of elders,” he said.
“They were very familiar in the neighbourhood,” he said. “It’s a big tragedy.”
Good friends of the family who live in the building are currently taking care of Ullah’s young sons.
Abubaker Motala, a caretaker at the Masjid Dar Al Salaam mosque, said he felt for the father, who attended the mosque.
“For the husband it’s very sad. He’s now going to have to raise his two young sons on his own.”
OPP Sgt. Pierre Chamberland called the drownings “an unfortunate misadventure,” adding, “a father and two boys are having to bury their sisters and mother.”
Results of the autopsies on Yasmin and her 14-year-old daughter released Tuesday suggested the cause of their deaths were “consistent with drowning.”
Police have not yet released the results of Wednesday’s autopsy on 11-year-old Sunaila.
Foul play has been ruled out in the three deaths and autopsy results do not suggest the pool’s chemicals played any role, said Gananoque police chief Kai Liu.
Two witnesses report seeing the two girls in the shallow end of the pool with their mother watching from the deck at about 8:40 a.m. Saturday.
There is about a 10-minute gap between those witnesses leaving the pool and the grisly discovery of the three lying face down and unconscious in the deep end.
A father with two children entered the unsupervised pool area just before 8:50 a.m. and found the family.
He called hotel staff, who immediately called police.
The man and emergency crews pulled the family from the pool and attempted CPR.