Wednesday 20 March 2019

Family join grieving mum of pool tragedy girl (4)

Tragedy occurred in Marbella
Tragedy occurred in Marbella

The grieving mother of a four-year-old girl who died in a holiday accident in Spain has been joined by family members who flew out to comfort her.

The little girl, from Straffan, Co Kildare, died after she fell into a swimming pool at a complex in the Golden Mile area of Marbella.

It is understood she may have been playing in a paddling pool but managed to get out and fell into the adult pool.

She is understood to be the child of a married same-sex couple and one of her parents was with her on holiday.

Her other parent, who is said to run a successful business in Celbridge, Co Kildare, has flown out to be by her partner's side and to make arrangements to have their daughter's body flown back home.

Local media on the Costa del Sol reported that emergency services received a call at around 10.30am on Saturday.

The girl had been taken from the pool but was said to be unresponsive.

Despite the best efforts of medics on the scene, she died.

"Local police were the first on the scene and tried to save the youngster's life using a defibrillator before paramedics arrived to take over," a source said.


"They were unable to save her and she was pronounced dead at the scene."

One local person said the villa where the tragedy happened was a four-bed property in sprawling grounds.

Spain's national police have taken over the investigation and a post-mortem examination has been carried out.

The death was being treated as a tragic accident.

Locals at the scene said the family were coming towards the end of a one-month holiday when the tragedy struck.

In Celbridge, one woman who did not want to be named described the incident as an awful tragedy.

"I can just imagine what they're going through. To lose a daughter in such tragic circumstances," she said.

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