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Woman who broke front teeth after diving into pool awarded €35,000

Ray Managh and Saurya Cherfi

Published 14/05/2015 | 02:30

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A HOTEL supervisor who broke her two front teeth when she dived into a swimming pool and hit her face against the bottom, has been awarded €35,000 damages.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane said the depth of the pool at West Wood Club, Clontarf, Dublin, and the fact that it was unsuitable for diving into, had not been adequately marked.

She said if a lifeguard had been present at the time, as was claimed by the club, they would have warned Timea Babos (30) that diving was not allowed.

The judge said she accepted Ms Babos's evidence that, when she came out of the pool in severe pain and bleeding, she had not seen any member of staff to report the incident to until she had gone to reception.

There was clearly inadequate supervision at the time and she accepted that Ms Babos had not seen any sign prohibiting diving.

The Circuit Civil Court heard that Ms Babos, a Romanian national who works at the Shelbourne Hotel and with an address at Tenterfields Apartments, Dublin 8, dived into the pool on November 13, 2011.

Barry Tennyson, a forensic engineer who examined the pool, said it "unusually" did not have a deep end and measured lm 35cms throughout its length.

Irish Independent

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