Wednesday 7 December 2016

Irish five-year-old rushed to hospital after nearly drowning in Ibiza

Gerard Couzens

Published 07/08/2016 | 07:50

The Irish child was rushed to hospital on the Spanish island of Ibiza.
The Irish child was rushed to hospital on the Spanish island of Ibiza.

An Irish youngster has been rushed to hospital after nearly drowning at a hotel swimming pool in Ibiza.

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The five-year-old was rescued from the water by a life guard and revived by the poolside.

Local reports said the unnamed boy suffered cardiac arrest and had to be given CPR to save his life. The incident is understood to have happened around midday on Friday.

He was transferred to the island’s Can Misses Hospital before medics decided to transfer him in an ambulance to Son Espases Hospital on the neighbouring island of Majorca because of the seriousness of his condition.

Today he was said to be stable and recovering in a children’s ward after being moved out of intensive care where he was initially admitted after the accident.

The incident happened on Friday at the three-star El Pinar Hotel in Cala Llonga, a popular family resort a 10-minute drive from Ibiza town which boasts one of the island’s biggest beaches.

The hotel, located on the beach, has its own sports track and children’s playground, and describes itself on its website as an ideal place for families who wish to spend their holiday in Ibiza.

A source at the hotel said they had been told the youngster was recovering in hospital and was “out of danger.”

He said: “The life guard did a fantastic job. He saved the boy’s life.”

Four people had drowned and a fifth had come close to drowning in Ibiza and the neighbouring island of Formentera this summer before the latest incident involving the unnamed Irish youngster.

British holidaymaker Tom Jarvis, 22, died last month after going for an evening swim with a friend in San Antonio.

His body was recovered from a nearby cove following a night-time search.

A Dutch woman aged 57 died on Tuesday whilst diving and a 41-year-old French diver lost his life the following day.

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