Wednesday 18 July 2018

Tragedy as Irish boy (2) dies in the Maldives

Max's parents Tara and Trevor Musgrave (inset) are understood to be devastated
Max's parents Tara and Trevor Musgrave (inset) are understood to be devastated

Melanie Finn, Alan O'Keeffe and Sean Nolan

An Irish toddler has tragically lost his life in the Maldives while holidaying there with his Dublin family.

Max Musgrave (2) died after drowning in a private pool on one of the luxury resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Parents Tara and Trevor Musgrave, who are well-known on the capital's social scene, are said to be "absolutely devastated" in the wake of the tragedy, which happened last Monday. 

Trevor, from Castleknock and his Malahide-born wife Tara, who works in fashion, were on holiday in the exclusive Huvafen Fushi resort with their three children when the horrific accident happened two days ago. 

This is the second time an Irish citizen has drowned in the Maldives in the space of a week, following on from Andrew Roddy (30) losing his life while on honeymoon there with wife Gill.

It's understood that Max, who has two older sisters, vanished at around 6pm on Monday night and the alarm was raised immediately. 

He was found shortly afterwards in a private pool in one of the villas on the island and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.  

A source close to the family confirmed news of the tragedy and said it was "devastating."

Tara Logan and Trevor Musgrave (pictured on their wedding day) Photo credit: John Dardis
Tara Logan and Trevor Musgrave (pictured on their wedding day) Photo credit: John Dardis

Reports of little Max's death first reached family and friends in Dublin on Monday night as their loved ones struggled to come to terms with what happened. 

"It's just devastating. It's just every family's worst nightmare," she said. 

"Trevor would have been very well known on the social scene and was a regular in places like Lillies Bordello over the years. He's a really outgoing guy, really charming and full of chat - the classic car salesman. Tara is a little quieter but did a lot of brilliant work with organisations like the ISPCC, helping them fundraise over the years.

"Everyone's thoughts and prayers are with them at this time. It's just unimaginable what they must be going through."

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to Independent.ie that they are aware of the case and stand ready to provide consular assistance if requested.

"We offered to give consular assistance ANd the offer remains open. So far, the family have not taken up the offer," he said. 

A Maldives police detective told the Daily Mail: "A security guard went to the room which has a private swimming pool and Max was found in the water. He had drowned.

"The investigation is still going on, but it appears to be an accident in their own swimming pool. There was no lifeguard as it is a private pool."

When contacted by Independent.ie, a spokesperson for the resort declined to comment on the incident as they said an investigation was ongoing. 

Mr Musgrave owns a plush car dealership called Onyx, which specialises in selling luxury cars and the family were thought to be based in Cheshire in Manchester in recent years. 

They first met at a function in the Polo Club in the Phoenix Park back in 2008 and got married in the K Club in 2011, where they used to live. 

Their guest list included Irish celebrity chef Conrad Gallagher and socialites Annette Rocca, Louise Loughman and Bernie Cafolla.

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This is the second tragedy to strike in the Maldives in the space of seven days.

Andrew Roddy from Dublin, who had just turned 30, died in tragic and unknown circumstances on Tuesday while enjoying his honeymoon with his wife, Gill Campion.

They were married three weeks ago, and he had sent photo and updates of their honeymoon time back to his mother.

Ms Campion told her that while they were swimming in the sea she turned back and could not see him.

Andrew Roddy and wife Gill Campion were on honeymoon in the Maldives when tragedy struck.
Andrew Roddy and wife Gill Campion were on honeymoon in the Maldives when tragedy struck.

"I turned around and Andrew was gone," she said.

The Maldives consists of almost 1,000 coral islands spread across hundreds of kilometres. However, just over 100 of the islands are inhabited and it has a flourishing tourist industry.

The destination has been gaining in popularity with Irish holidaymakers in recent years and is particularly popular among young and honeymooning couples.

A number of Irish-based tour operators organise holiday packages to the Indian Ocean islands.

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