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LAST_UPDATESat, 17 Feb 2018 10pm

[Video] Mother Shares Her Near 'Drowning' Ordeal In A Kiddie Ball Pool

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What could be more harmless than a toddler's playground in a shopping mall?

Apparently one mother discovered that appearances can be deceiving when she found herself panicking after being 'swallowed' up inside a suspended ball play area in a newly opened children's attraction inside a mall.

Singaporean bloggers Vivien and John Low, who run parenting blog Beautiful Chaos, shared a video about Vivien's encounter inside the three-storey Airzone which has been promoted as the world's first net playground located inside the City Square Mall in Singapore.

Her frightful ordeal was recorded in a 38-second video which occurred when she entered the suspended netting filled  to the brim with blue plastic balls which is described as a ball pit with her four-year-old son.

"Not long into the play, I lost my balance in the ball pit and fell backwards. I could not reach the bottom and I could not stand up.

"I tried to roll over, I couldn’t. I tried to find the net so I could grip it, I couldn’t.

"My son was stuck inside too. I panicked and waved and screamed for help.

"None came. I seriously panicked and did not know what to do. (My helper stoped the video when she realised something was wrong and shouted for help too but none came)," she captioned the video posted on Facebook which has since gone viral.

Vivien went on to explain how she was basically left to save herself and her son, which she did by grabbing someone's arm to pull herself up at which point the staff finally showed up to help her pull her son out. She noted that there were other parents trying to pull their children out as well.

Upon reflection, the blogger shared that while it was not life-threatening but she wanted other parents to be aware that the ball pit is not as harmless as it looks and there should have some precautionary measures in place.

However, the Straits Times which sent a reporter to check out the attraction reported that other parents felt that the blogger was over-reacting.

The Singapore news daily reported that children were seen deliberately jumping into the ball pit and submerging themselves in the balls, quoting one parent who said kids who were way shorter than their parents were gleefully leaping in. The report states that the net currently holds about 40,000 balls.

The ball pit management, Airzone, also responded to the viral video, reports Singaporean news portal Mothership.

"It is also a requirement at Airzone for children under the age of seven to be accompanied by an adult. This should have been communicated to parents with children prior to entering the attraction," Airzone states.

The statement also informed the public that a mandatory safety briefing is given to all visitors and two to three staff are on duty at each level during peak operating hours.

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- mD