Swimming pool shut after man injured by smashed glass door

Leith Victoria Swimming Baths
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A CITY swimming pool has been shut after a glass sauna door smashed, leaving a customer requiring hospital treatment.

Leith Victoria Swim Centre is expected to be closed until the end of this week while staff remove any shards from the water after the door of the poolside sauna smashed.

A man was taken to hospital after cutting his hand when the incident happened on Sunday morning. It is not clear how he came to be injured or how exactly the safety glass smashed.

The pool will now have to be completely drained, hosed down, repeatedly swept, allowed to dry and swept again, before it is refilled and retreated.

Graeme Gardiner, director of operations for Edinburgh Leisure, which runs the pool, said: “On Sunday morning the glass sauna door at Leith Victoria Swim Centre was damaged and has resulted in the swimming pool and sauna being closed to allow any subsequent repairs to take place. Unfortunately a customer’s hand was injured in the incident.

“As always, we are committed to ensuring the safety of all our customers and a full investigation is taking place to identify the exact cause.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said a call had been received to a man with a cut hand just after 11am on Sunday, but it was cancelled as the injured man was to be driven to hospital by car.

Other facilities at Leith Victoria, which include gym and exercise classes, remain open.

Edinburgh Leisure is advising customers who wish to swim to try their nearest alternative pools at Portobello Swim Centre and Glenogle Swim Centre.

In November 2009, Warrender Swim Centre had to be closed after a pane of glass fell from the ceiling into the pool, leaving a swimmer with an injured arm.