Darius Daniel Bodascu, a 15-year-old from Prundu-Bargaului (Bistrita-Nasaud County), almost drowned, on Monday night, in Bistrita Aurie. The teen got into the river to recover a bottle of juice that had fallen in and was caught by a machining wave from the Colibita Dam. Frightened, seeing his friend had vanished, the boy he was with ran to announce the teenager’s father. The man found his son about 500 metres upriver and managed to get him out of the water. Although the SMURD paramedics arrived to the scene very quickly and started resuscitation procedures right away, no one thought the boy could still be saved. After 45 minutes, the paramedics managed, as if by miracle, to restore his vital functions, and the teenager was transported to the Bistrita Emergency Hospital. However, doctors remain reserved about his chances of survival, as his brain was denied oxygen for far too long: “Sadly, the boy’s condition is very serious. He suffered craniocerebral trauma and a hypothermic shock following his drowning through submersion, and is now artificially ventilated,” the spokesperson for the Bistrita-Nasaud Emergency Hospital explained.
The teenager’s relatives argue this has not been the first time a flood wave from the dam caused a tragedy. In response, the representatives of the Bistrita-Nasaud Water Management Authority claim there is nothing they can do.
“Machining procedures are decided jointly with Hidroelectrica, depending on local needs, and there is no fixed schedule. We cannot issue warnings to the population. Unfortunately, a tragedy occurred. However, the only recommendation we can make is that parents no longer allow their children to get into the river on their own,” the latter argued, quoted in the local edition of “Adevarul”.