Wednesday 23 January 2019

Irish girl (4) drowns in Spanish villa pool tragedy

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Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

A four-year-old Irish girl has died after drowning while on a family holiday in Spain.

The young girl, whose family had been living in Kildare, passed away following the tragic incident in a swimming pool in the Marbella area over the weekend.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident at around 10.30am on Saturday.

It is understood that the pool was located in a private villa being used by the child's family.

The Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday confirmed that it is aware of the tragedy and that it is providing consular assistance in relation to the incident.

Local police and health services attended the scene, but the four-year-old girl was pronounced dead a short time later.

The National Police have now taken over the formal investigation into the girl's death, although it is still being treated as a tragic accident.

Local reports stated that the Andalucia emergency services were alerted to the incident in San Joaquin Street at around 10.30am.


Paramedics were informed that the child had been recovered from the water but was unresponsive.

It is understood that she was on a month-long holiday with some of her family, and that relatives who had remained in Ireland were expected to travel to Spain in the wake of the incident.

Meanwhile, the family of a young Irishman who suffered a serious fall in Australia have flown out to be by his side.

Shaun Dunworth (21) is in a serious condition in hospital in Sydney.

Police found the injured Co Donegal man lying on the road under the High Street overpass at North Sydney on Saturday last.

Shaun was treated at the scene for serious head injury and was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was shut down following the discovery of the injured man, who is originally from the town of Ramelton.

It is understood he may have fallen from the overpass or have been a pedestrian on the road and was hit when he attempted to cross the road.

Local police cordoned off the scene and have launched a full investigation.

Irish Independent

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