A terrible tragedy occurred in Waikiki when a 5 year old boy was pulled from a swimming pool and brought to the hospital. The Star Advertiser said the boy was found in serious condition.

The incident happened on October 5 with Honolulu Emergency Medical Services being called at 5:20 pm. They had to administer “life saving treatment” to the boy who was first found unresponsive when they arrived. Paramedics took him to the hospital, no further word has been given on his condition.

ambulance arrives at scene of incident

The paramedics went to the address of Hotel La Croix, which means it is likely these individuals were tourists.

Drownings and near drownings at swimming pools throughout the Hawaiian islands are common, with a 1 year old drowning in a backyard pool in July of this year. In May, a 4 year old drowned in a resort pool, with paramedics often putting out warnings to residents and tourists alike.

“Our thoughts are with this young boy and his family,” said Hawaiian attorney Julia Bryant. “I can’t imagine the pain and anguish they’re all going through right now. We are grateful to the paramedics that they were able to revive him and we hope for a quick recovery.”

If you or anyone you know has suffered an injury at a hotel pool in Waikiki, contact the Hawaii personal injury attorneys at Singleton Schreiber by calling (808) 707-7117 or by emailing

Waikiki Swimming Pool Injury Attorney

Waikiki, a bustling neighborhood of Honolulu, is famed for its stunning beaches, surfing waves, and iconic Diamond Head crater backdrop. Tourists from around the globe flock to this Hawaiian haven for relaxation and recreation. Among the most frequented amenities are the luxurious hotel pools, often offering a safer alternative to the sometimes unpredictable ocean. However, the seemingly tranquil waters of these pools hide a concerning reality: drowning incidents.

Over the years, Waikiki’s hotel pools have occasionally been the scenes of tragic drownings and near-drownings. These accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, but they underscore the importance of safety even in controlled environments.

Several factors contribute to the risk of drowning incidents in hotel pools:

Unsupervised Swimming: Not all hotel pools in Waikiki come with lifeguards on duty. Some visitors, especially those unfamiliar with water safety, overestimate their swimming abilities or underestimate the pool’s depth, leading to risky situations.

Intoxication: Waikiki, with its vacation vibes, often involves indulgence in alcohol. Guests who swim after consuming alcohol can find themselves disoriented or fatigued more rapidly than they anticipate, increasing the risk of drowning.

Medical Episodes: Some tragedies occur when guests suffer unexpected medical incidents, like heart attacks or seizures, while in the pool.

Children at Play: Children, naturally curious and energetic, can easily find themselves in water situations they aren’t prepared for. Without constant supervision, even a brief moment can result in tragedy.

The consequences of these incidents are profound. Beyond the irrevocable loss and grief of families, there’s a broader ripple effect. Other vacationers who witness such traumatic events may experience emotional distress. Hotels face potential legal action, negative publicity, and the moral responsibility of the incident.

Preventive measures are essential:

Clear Signage: Hotels can maintain clear signs indicating pool depth, rules, and the absence of a lifeguard if applicable.

Regular Training: For hotels that provide lifeguards, regular training and recertification can ensure they remain equipped to handle emergencies.

Safety Equipment: Ensuring the availability and visibility of life-saving equipment, such as flotation devices or poles, can make a crucial difference.

Public Awareness: Educating guests about the importance of supervising children, not swimming while intoxicated, and recognizing one’s swimming abilities can significantly mitigate risks.

While hotel pools in Waikiki offer a space for relaxation and recreation amidst a tropical paradise, they also bear risks that must not be overlooked. Safety should always be a priority, both for hotels in their provisions and for guests in their actions. Only with mutual diligence can the allure of Waikiki be enjoyed without the overshadowing fear of potential tragedies.

“The family of this boy should contact a qualified attorney right away,” Ms. Bryant added. “This is not the first pool-related injury at La Croix, and with a qualified injury lawyer by their side, they will be able to do a proper investigation into how all of this happened.”

Any pool related injuries in Waikiki require the assistance of a qualified Hawaii-based attorney, and anyone in this situation should contact Singleton Schreiber by calling (808) 707-7117 or by emailing

This is attorney advertising material. Julia Bryant, Esq., a Hawaii-licensed lawyer, is responsible for the contents of this article.