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Tuesday 25 October 2016

'A young gentleman ' - Heartfelt tributes for boy (12) who died following tragic holiday pool incident

Robin Schiller

Published 25/08/2016 | 12:28

Craig Williams (12) sadly passed away following tragic incident in the pool (Inset: Craig Williams. Photo: Balbriggan Scouts)
Craig Williams (12) sadly passed away following tragic incident in the pool (Inset: Craig Williams. Photo: Balbriggan Scouts)

A 12-year-old Dublin boy has died after getting into difficulties while in a swimming pool on a family holiday in Spain.

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Craig Williams (12) from Balbriggan was on holiday with his mum, Lorraine and sister Zoe (14) in the resort Lloret De Mar.

Last Thursday, he went swimming in the pool at the hotel his family were staying in - Guitart Central Park Hotel.

It is believed he suffered an epileptic fit while swimming and got into difficulties. His sister raised the alarm and lifeguards – two on duty and another two holidaying at the hotel – pulled the boy from the pool.

The lifeguards and emergency services performed CPR and the young boy was rushed to hospital. He was later airlifted to a hospital in Barcelona where medics fought for days to save his life. He died on Monday.

Following his death, Balbriggan Scouts wrote, “It is with a broken heart that we learned that our fantastic Cub Scout Craig Williams has passed away in a tragic accident whilst on holiday with his family.”

“He was truly a great Cub and a pleasure to have with us as part of our group, a young gentleman. A scout that will stay in our hearts forever.

“We would like to extent our deepest sympathies to his family at this difficult times, May he rest in peace,” the scouts said on their Facebook page.

The scout group also wrote: “The power of a smile can change the world. Craig definitely had a magic smile, we hope he is smiling down on us all now.”

It is understood that Craig’s aunts and cousins were also on the family holiday.

A statement from Guitart Hotels which owns the 252 bedroom hotel said the first people to help out were other tourists including two French lifeguards holidaying at the hotel, and two official lifeguards hired by a company with 16 years experience.

They tried to revive the boy and call the emergency services, the hotel said.

It said hotel bosses closed the swimming pool at 4pm the day of the incident to try to determine the cause and it was reopened the following day once security checks had been carried out to make sure it was safe to use.

It added that the boy’s family had been put up at a hotel belonging to the chain in Barcelona after he was taken to hospital and his mum and another relative had stayed there until Tuesday.

No funeral arrangements have been announced yet.

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