Woman, 18, drowns at aqua park when hand gets sucked in by underwater pool drain

A young woman was celebrating her birthday with her boyfriend in a drowned water park when her hand was sucked into a drain pipe.

Anna Teplova, 18, had descended from a slide at the Freestyle water park in the Minks, Belarus, before jumping into a pool.

She was supposed to meet her boyfriend Dmitry, 19, at the exit, but an underwater drain turned on and sucked her hand in.

It took five people to pull her out of the pool.

“The lifeguard told me she had jumped into the water, and when apparently the drain was turned on, she was sucked in and hit,” said a distraught Dmitry.

She probably had a head injury. And she couldn’t get out. Her whole back was blue. There was a huge bruise. “



One couple saw her underwater and called for help as they tried to pull her out, but her hand was tight.

They shouted, “She’s getting sucked in, sucked in!”

“I saw someone get taken off, but then I saw her swimsuit,” said the distraught boyfriend.



Dmitry lights a lantern for Anna

‘I realized it was her. I helped pull [her] from.”

He said emergency services arrived five minutes later and performed chest compressions and artificial respiration.

“They pumped her out for half an hour, then another five minutes and another two minutes.

“They fought for her to the end, but they couldn’t save her.”



Water park


Water park

An eyewitness named Bella said, “Only when they were all together could they get her out …

“How this pumping system started working when there were so many people in the pool I don’t know.”

The police and the Belarusian Commission of Inquiry are investigating her death.

The water zone was closed after the tragedy.

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