Wednesday 29 March 2017

Boy (4) still critical as pool accident probed

Barry Duggan

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy was continuing to fight for his life last night following an accident at a swimming pool at the weekend.

Two investigations are now under way in Galway city after the young child -- named locally as Brendan Sweeney, from Castlepark, Ballybane, Galway city -- was pulled from the Leisureland swimming pool in Salthill on Sunday afternoon.

A spokesman for University Hospital Galway said the child was in a "critical" condition last night. His parents remained at his bedside throughout yesterday.

The Irish Independent understands that the boy got into difficulties in the public swimming pool around 2.30pm and he was taken from the water by lifeguards.

Ten lifeguards were on duty at the time. They attempted to resuscitate the child before emergency services arrived and rushed him to hospital.

It is understood that his parents were in the popular leisure complex when the incident occurred. The pool was said to be "not overly busy" at the time.

Lifeguards

"We had 10 lifeguards on duty on Sunday in Leisureland," said a city council spokesperson. "There were eight guards on deck at the time of the incident.

"We will be undertaking an investigation into what exactly occurred. We will have a clearer idea as to what took place once we view the CCTV footage, but our primary concern remains with the boy and his family."

Last night, gardai based at Salthill were also conducting an investigation and reviewing CCTV footage from the centre, but the incident is being treated as an accident.

The facility reopened shortly after the incident.

Galway city councillor Donal Lyons, who serves as chairman with Galway/Salthill Failte Ltd, which oversees the running of the Leisureland complex, said a review of procedures would take place at the centre.

"Obviously at this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the little boy and his family in hospital. We all sincerely hope he makes a full recovery," Mr Lyons said.

"The garda investigation takes precedent, but we will have to look at all aspects of what happened."

Irish Independent

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