New facts have emerged on the death of a 300-level student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Emmanuel Fatile, who died on Sunday in the Hilton Hotel swimming pool in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The General Manager of the hotel, Mr. John Olalekan, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday that the deceased was a good swimmer and trainer, and had initially completed his swimming before going back into the pool.
He said all efforts to save Fatile, who came in company with two friends to the hotel, proved abortive.
“I want to put it straight that our swimming pool is fenced and secure.
“The person that died inside the swimming pool was an expert and a trainer. He used to teach other people how to swim.
“It is only God that can tell what happened. It cannot be explained. If he was an amateur that came to swim, we couldn’t have allowed him to swim without using floaters and tubes.
“We even give experts tubes. I think it is the wish of God. It is an unfortunate thing. This is the first time such a thing will be happening.
“No one has died in our hotel before,’’ he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Osun State, DSP Folashade Odoro, said the incident was still under investigation.