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Father's tribute to 'little angel' who died in holiday park swimming pool


The little boy died at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool

The little boy died at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool

The little boy died at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool

The father of a four-year-old boy who died in a holiday park swimming pool has paid tribute to his "little angel".

Gavin Hurle posted on Facebook pictures with his son Luca from their holiday alongside a heart-breaking message, which said: "Rip my little Angel daddy loves you so much xxxx."

Luca, from Stoke Gifford, South Gloucestershire, was taken to hospital following an incident at the Old Park Wood holiday park in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, on Monday.

He was later transferred to Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital but sadly died.

Meanwhile, a JustGiving page has been set up to raise £2,000 for Luca's family following his death. Nearly £500 has been raised so far.

Sophie Wheeler, who set up the appeal, wrote: "Little four year old Luca drowned while on holiday with his family.

"You can show your support to Luca's family by donating to help celebrate his life. Taken too soon. Sleep tight angel x."

Friends of Mr Hurle have paid tribute to Luca on social media.

Linda Woodhead wrote: "Absolutely heart breaking Gav, so sorry for your loss, much love to you and your family RIP little fella."

Joanne Cole wrote: "I'm so sorry to hear about your horrendous news. I can't even imagine what you are all going through right now. Everyone's here for you and you'll all be in our thoughts tonight. Xx."

Yvonne Vobes added: "I cannot even imagine what you are going though. Thinking of you and sending thoughts and prayers to you and all.

"I have no words but please know we are here for you and sending our love at this difficult time. XxxxxX."

It is understood Luca was staying with his family in a lodge on the site, described on its website as "a luxury, private holiday park" set within the grounds of the Holker Estate.

An indoor heated swimming pool is available to guests at Old Park Wood.

On Tuesday, Cumbria Police said: "Police can confirm that the four-year-old boy involved in this incident has sadly died.

"Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident but the death is not being treated as suspicious.

"Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time."

A park spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with the boy and his family at this time."