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Bedside vigil for Irish boy discovered in resort's pool

A holidaymaker, Spanish police and a doctor fought for over an hour to revive a four-year-old Irish boy found floating face-down in a pool at a popular Costa Blanca resort
A holidaymaker, Spanish police and a doctor fought for over an hour to revive a four-year-old Irish boy found floating face-down in a pool at a popular Costa Blanca resort

By Ralph Riegel

A holidaymaker, Spanish police and a doctor fought for over an hour to revive a four-year-old Irish boy found floating face-down in a pool at a popular Costa Blanca resort.

The child, whose family are from Cork, was in a critical condition in an Alicante hospital last night with family by his bedside.

A man initially thought it was an inflatable toy floating in the community pool near the Aldeas de Aguamarina complex in Cabo Roig but was horrified to realise it was a child.

The boy's family were unaware he had left the apartment after breakfast.

The alarm was raised at around 9am local time when the holidaymaker dragged the boy from the pool. Police were at the scene within minutes and they assisted with CPR.

A local GP rushed to the scene and resuscitation work continued for over an hour.

Witnesses heard a woman screaming in English "that's my child".

A rescue helicopter landed on a nearby beach and the boy was airlifted to hospital.

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