Monday 11 December 2017

Four-year-old drowns at National Aquatic Centre reporters

A FOUR-year-old boy has died following an accident yesterday evening at the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown in Dublin.

The child got into difficulty while in a paddling pool at the west Dublin venue.

A Garda spokesman said it happened at about 6pm yesterday evening and officers have appealed for witnesses.

The child was taken to Connolly Hospital in nearby Blanchardstown after being found in the pool and he died there late last night.

In a statement the centre said that the family pool area The AquaZone will not open today and remains closed until further notice.

Barry O'Brien, chief executive of the National Sports Campus Development Authority which runs the centre, said investigations were continuing into the tragedy.

"We want to convey our deepest sympathies to the family of the boy," he said.

"Gardai are conducting an investigation into the incident with which we are co-operating fully."

It is understood that trained first aid staff at the aquatic centre attended to the boy at the poolside after he was discovered in the water.

The international competition pool and the diving pool at the centre are to remain open while investigations continue.

A bunch of white and pink flowers with a card was left tied to a lamppost at the entrance to the aquatic centre.

Three flags also flew at half-mast as a mark of respect.

A note on the flowers, signed by Uncle David, Maria and family, read: "All little angels robed in white, lead Logan straight to his nanny tonight."

Management said the accident took place in the AquaZone area of the centre, which has been closed to the public.

The area is a recreational section of the centre with a wave pool, a paddling area, slides and flumes.

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