Irish boy dies after being found in Spanish swimming pool

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2019

Some are suggesting the boy is as young as three-years-old, while others are reporting that he is as old as six.

Municipal sources told the local press that the boy was with his grandparents who are understood to be from Cork and that they had just eaten breakfast, however sources now indicate that he was in the care of his mother.

The boy was found floating in the Cabo Roig urbanisation pool in Orihuela, Alicante at approximately 9.15am this morning.

Officers reportedly found him "very cold" but were quick to react to the situation.

RTE News reports that emergency services attended the scene and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the boy for over an hour.

It's believed that the boy had a faint pulse and was breathing as he was airlifted to hospital.

The boy was transferred to Alicante General Hospital where his condition is understood to be critical.

He remained in a critical condition last night with his family by his side.

It is unclear whether he had fallen into the pool, or chose to play on his own.

Ramón López, the Councillor for Public Safety, praised "the rapid action of the agents of the Local Police as well as the doctor of the health centre who have managed to stabilise the child after being long without oxygen".

Judicial Police of the Civil Guard has launched an investigation.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is aware of the incident and is providing consular assistance.

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