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Saturday 17 March 2018

Irish girl (6) 'critical' in Malta after family pull her from pool

Triq Malta, Ghajnsielem (Image: Google maps)
Triq Malta, Ghajnsielem (Image: Google maps)

Alan O'Keeffe and Laura Larkin

A six-year-old Irish girl was in a critical condition in hospital last night after getting into difficulty in a swimming pool in Malta.

The child was taken from the pool by family members, who called the emergency services and administered first aid while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

The incident happened at a private property on the island of Gozo.

The family were holidaying at the property in the Ghajnsielem region of the island.

A police spokesman said the child was taken in a "serious" condition to Gozo General Hospital.

The Malta Police Force said in a statement: "Preliminary investigations by the Gozo Police revealed that at about 17.30 hours the girl found herself in difficulty while swimming in a pool.

"She was given first aid by family members until an ambulance arrived on site and conveyed her to the Gozo General Hospital."

A police spokeswoman said that the child was in a critical condition in intensive care.

Later, a police spokesman said the Irish girl was in a stable condition.

"A magisterial inquiry has been appointed into the case whilst police investigations are still under way," said a spokesperson.

Experts will be appointed to assist the magisterial inquiry, as is standard practice when a serious accident occurs.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that it was aware of the case and standing ready to provide consular assistance.

A senior police officer said later the child was with her parents and other family members when the incident happened.

Gozo is a popular island in the Maltese archipelago and attracts snorkellers and divers, who enjoy water sports at the Mediterranean resort.

The island is rural and known for its beautiful scenery.

Irish Independent

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