Sunday 15 September 2019

'Every parent's nightmare' - Irish boy (3) dies after swimming pool tragedy in Spain

Avery Greene who died during a family holiday in Spain
Avery Greene who died during a family holiday in Spain
Young boy is rushed to hospital after incident in Alicante (Photo: World)

Olivia Kelleher and Robin Schiller

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

The three-year-old boy, who has been named as Avery Greene, was holidaying with his family in the Cabo Roig area  about 10k from Torreivieja on the Costa Blanca when the tragedy unfolded. The boy, who is the youngest in a family of three from Mallow, Co Cork, got in to difficulty in a pool at the Aquamarina urbanisation pool in Oriheula.

The alarm was raised shortly after 9am yesterday when a man went for a swim in the pool and thought there was an inflatable toy floating in the water. Tragically, when he swam closer he realised that it was a small boy.

He immediately raised the alarm. The youngster's family realised that he was missing and they rushed to the scene. It is believed that he slipped away from relatives briefly and fell in to the pool at around breakfast time.

Avery Greene, from Mallow in Co Cork
Avery Greene, from Mallow in Co Cork

Paramedics did everything in their power to assist the child and he was rushed to Alicante General Hospital in an unconscious state. Avery responded after CPR and his vital signs were restored. However, tragically he lost his battle for life surrounded by his family.

The 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.

Fine Gael Councillor in Mallow John Paul O'Shea said that the family of the young child were not known to him. However, what has occurred is "every parent's nightmare."

"The thoughts and prayers of the people of Mallow are with them at this time."

A Guardia Civil spokesman said: "Yesterday, around 11.00 am in the morning, emergency services were warned about the possible drowning of a 3-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 today."

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