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Boy (4) dies in holiday tragedy

BY CLAIRE HAYHURST

A four-year-old boy has died after nearly drowning in a swimming pool while on a family holiday.

The child suffered a cardiac arrest after the incident at Bicclescombe Grange in Ilfracombe in Devon.

Paramedics rushed to the scene at 6.17pm on Friday and performed CPR on the boy.

He was taken to North Devon District Hospital by air ambulance, before being transferred to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that the boy's life support machine was switched off yesterday.

The family are believed to be on holiday in the area, though it is not yet known where they are from, the force spokesman added.

Bicclescombe Grange is a large three-storey luxury holiday home on the outskirts of Ilfracombe, owned by Andrew and Allison Swinton.

Mr Swinton told the North Devon Journal: "It is a tragic occurrence.

"It is a very secure pool with double locked doors. We have got all the signage up we should have. We do not know how it happened."

Police are investigating the incident along with other safeguarding partners on behalf of the coroner.

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