Thursday 23 November 2017

Girl (9) dies after falling ill at south Dublin swimming pool

Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin Picture: Damien Eagers
Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin Picture: Damien Eagers

Robin Schiller

A young child has died following a tragic incident at a swimming pool in south Dublin.

The nine-year-old girl was at the Community School Sports Complex, Balrothery, Tallaght Dublin when the tragedy occurred.

It is understood that the centre's manager dived into the pool immediately after noticing what happened, and attempted to resuscitate the young girl as emergency services were called.

Gardaí are treating the incident as a sudden death, while a Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman confirmed that three units including an ambulance and an Advanced Paramedic van were dispatched to the scene shortly after 7pm yesterday evening.

The child was transferred to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

It is understood that the young girl had underlying health issues, and it is being examined if she suffered a heart-attack.

Local Labour councillor Mick Duff, who is on the school's Board of Management, described the sudden death as an "appalling tragedy" and expressed his sympathies to the young girl's family.

"I just want to extend, on behalf of the Board of Management and the people of Tallaght, my sincerest sympathies to the family. We'll keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this awful moment, and my thoughts are also with the staff members who will be very very badly effected by this. It is an appalling tragedy. I haven't seen anything like this in all of the history of the school. 

"I dread at the thoughts that something like this has happened. We have great confidence in the staff and management and the wonderful team of people operating the complex and our thoughts are with them as well."

Local Fianna Fail councillor Charlie O'Connor also expressed his sympathies to the young girl's family.

"It was very upsetting to hear of the death of his young girl, and of course this will cause great upset to those who knew her and her family.

"I would like to express my sympathies to her friends and family at this tragic time," Mr O'Connor said.

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