Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Pool tragedy response criticised

Five-year-old Chloe Johnson died in a waterpark at the Coral Sea Waterworld Hotel in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Relatives of a five-year-old British girl who drowned in a hotel pool in Egypt have said they are angry and hurt that more was not done to save her.

Chloe Johnson, from Forest Hill in south east London, died in a waterpark at the Coral Sea Waterworld Hotel in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday.

Speaking to Sky News, her grandmother April Johnson claimed that her son and two holidaymakers had tried to resuscitate Chloe without assistance from hotel staff.

She said lifeguards had not been on hand and also claimed that an ambulance had taken four hours to arrive.

Asked how the family was feeling, she said: "Angry, angry, angry and so hurt."

She said: "We have all got knives in our hearts to think that if she had been seen, would she still be with us?

"Where were the lifeguards? Even if they didn't see her when she was pulled out of the pool, why did they not come forward and start resuscitation? Why was it left to other people?

"I can't get my head around that one. I need to know why to put Chloe at rest and try to help my son as best I can."

Travel company First Choice said it was working together with the hotel to find out what had happened to Chloe.

A spokeswoman said: "First Choice is currently carrying out a full investigation with the hotelier and resort team to understand how the incident occurred. At this time we are unable to speculate or comment further. Our priority is to provide support to the family at this extremely difficult time."

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