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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Boy (7) found at bottom of pool 'critical'

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy is continuing his fight for life in a Dublin hospital today after he was found lying at the bottom of a swimming pool.

Adam Hussey was in a critical condition at Crumlin Children's Hospital today following the incident at the Kingfisher Club swimming pool at Tuam Leisure Centre, County Galway, on Sunday afternoon.

His mother Caroline was keeping a vigil at his bedside at the hospital. The schoolboy, from Williamstown, Co Galway, was rushed to University College Hospital Galway before being transferred to Dublin.

Gardai in Tuam are investigating the incident, which happened at 2.30pm on Sunday.

The child had been at the pool with a male relative and two other children.

Three lifeguards were on duty at the time of the incident.

On seeing the child's body lying at the bottom of the deep end of the pool, one lifeguard jumped in and pulled him unconscious from the water.

The pool was cleared as staff attempted to revive the young boy. He remained unresponsive for several minutes before beginning to breathe again.

This morning, a grand aunt of Adam told the Herald his condition was "still critical."



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Bea Noone said the family was shocked by the "awful" incident and everyone was hoping he would recover.

Prayers for Adam's recovery were being said at the Sacred Heart National School in Williamstown.

A witness said that only 40 people had been in the pool at the time.

"The first I knew of it, I saw the lifeguard running and someone was shouting, 'Someone drowned, someone drowned'.

"The pool was closed straight away, everybody just left the water.

"It was awful, the children were very upset and they were crying, everyone was so upset," he said.

"The little boy wasn't coming around. Then after what seemed like seven or eight minutes he started to breathe again.

"The shout went up that he was breathing and we were so relieved.

"He was a woeful colour, he was white and kind of blue," he added.

The pool was closed for the remainder of Sunday but re-opened yesterday.

A spokesman for the Kingfisher Club said he was not in a position to comment.

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