Hotel Hot Tub Causes Suction Entrapment Death

A man traveling with his wife and family has died after becoming entrapped at the bottom of the hot tub at the Four Seasons Hotel in Macao, China.

According to the Shanghaiist (which translated a report originally found on a Chinese news site), Wu Jisheng was sucked onto the drain of the hot tub and, despite rescue attempts by his family, was unable to detach himself and drowned. Allegedly, the staff waited 20 minutes before shutting off the power to the system’s pump.

This is one of several incidents to occur in regions that have little or no regulations that would enforce measures to protect against entrapment. Last year, 12-year-old Tain Tseng was killed at a hotel waterpark in Xi’an, Shaanxi province when he was sucked into a 13-inch circulation pipe that was missing a protective grill.

In 2010, 33-year-old John Van Hoy Jr. drowned after becoming entrapped on a spa drain at the Sandals Royal Bahamian resort in Nassau. The family later filed a lawsuit in the U.S. against Sandals and its marketing representative, Unique Vacations; pool and spa manufacturers A.O. Smith Corp., Hayward Industries, Pentair Water Pool and Spa (now called Pentair Aquatic Systems) and its subsidiary, Sta-Rite; and distributors SCP and Hospitality Purveyors. Ultimately the lawsuit was settled.

Safety at pools that lack regulation countries continues to be a major issue for aquatics professionals hoping to prevent injuries and death from drowning and entrapment.