20 Dec 2012

Coroner hearing into mud pool death

4:32 pm on 20 December 2012

A coroner has heard it would be very difficult to achieve a common industry standard for safety measures with tourist attractions at the inquest into the death of a boy who fell into a thermal mud pool in Rotorua in 2010.

Toromon Toromon, 10, was walking along rocks surrounding a mud pool in Kuirau Park on Boxing Day, when he slipped and fell in.

He suffered full thickness burns to 95 percent of his body and later died at Middlemore Hospital.

The inquest heard that when the pool temperature was tested more than a week later, the reading at about 5 centimetres below the surface of the water was 74.8 degrees celsius.

A Rotorua District Council spokesperson told the inquest there is a fine balance when it comes to fencing off tourist attractions and providing access to the public.