Saturday 25 November 2017

Boy (3) in battle for life after hotel pool accident

Cork University Hospital
Cork University Hospital
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A young boy was last night fighting for his life after being dragged unconscious from a swimming pool in east Cork.

The three-year-old, named locally as Ronan Kennedy from Tipperary, was discovered floating in the pool in Youghal, Co Cork, shortly before 2pm yesterday.

It happened at the Quality Hotel in Redbarn, just outside the popular east Cork seaside town. It is understood a children's event was being staged near the pool complex, which is very popular with Irish families who opt for a domestic holiday.

It appears the child somehow became separated from the other youngsters he was playing with.

The youngster then apparently got into difficulty in a deeper section of the pool.

Swimmers were shocked to realise that the boy was floating face down in the pool and, with lifeguards and distraught members of the child's family, immediately dragged him to safety.

The two pool lifeguards immediately began emergency cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). A local doctor raced to the scene and the Irish Coast Guard's Waterford-based Sikorsky helicopter was alerted.

The child was transferred by helicopter to Cork University Hospital (CUH) with the local GP continuing to perform CPR.He was later set to be moved to Children's University Hospital, Temple Street in Dublin for specialist paediatric care.

However, the boy remains critically ill. His family were at his bedside as family and friends consoled their other children.

Gardaí are examining the scene, but the incident is being treated as a tragic accident.

The child and his parents, named locally as John and Bridget Kennedy, and his two siblings, were in east Cork for a brief family holiday.

The family are from Temple­derry in north Tipperary.


Ronan is due to celebrate his fourth birthday in September.

Local councillor Willie Kennedy said the community was in shock. "His parents both come from very respected families and both are involved in the local community. They are from strong agriculture backgrounds," he said.

It remains unclear precisely how the accident occurred.

A full safety investigation is under way into what happened.

A spokesperson for the Quality Hotel declined to comment.

Youghal ranks as one of Ireland's most popular seaside destinations, thanks to award-winning beaches as well as major restaurant and hotel infrastructure locally.

Irish Independent

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