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Sunday 18 August 2019

Irish boy (4) loses his fight for life after falling into pool in Spain

Avery Greene was on a family holiday on the Costa Blanca
Avery Greene was on a family holiday on the Costa Blanca
Robin Schiller

and Robin Schiller

A young Irish boy who was found unconscious in a swimming pool in Alicante, Spain, has died.

The four-year-old, who has been named as Avery Greene, was holidaying with his family in the Cabo Roig area about 10km from Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca when the tragedy occurred.

The boy, who was the youngest in a family of three from Mallow, Co Cork, got into difficulty at the Aquamarina urbanisation pool in Oriheula on Monday morning.

The alarm was raised at around 11am when a man went for a swim in the pool and thought there was an inflatable toy floating in the water.

When he swam closer he realised that it was a small boy and immediately raised the alarm.

Avery's family realised he was missing and they rushed to the scene.

It is believed he slipped away from a relative briefly and fell into the pool.

Paramedics did everything in their power to help the boy and he was rushed to Alicante General Hospital in an unconscious state.

He responded after CPR and his vital signs were restored.

However, he lost his battle for life surrounded by his family in the early hours of yesterday morning.

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The local councillor for public safety, Ramón López, said that he wanted to commend "the rapid action of the agents of both the local police and the doctor from the health centre, who were able to stabilise the child despite him being without oxygen for some time."

The death is being treated as a tragic accident.

The Department of Foreign Affairs will provide consular support to the family.

A Guardia Civil spokesman said: "[On Monday], around 11am, emergency services were warned about the possible drowning of a three-year-old boy in a pool in a residential area of Cabo Roig, Orihuela Costa in Alicante.

"After an hour of resuscitation he was taken by helicopter to the General Hospital of Alicante, where he died in the early hours of [yesterday]."

Irish Independent

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