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A three-year-old boy dies after falling into a swimming pool in Benalmádena

The little boy was rushed, in a critical condition, to the Hospital Materno-Infantil in Malaga by ambulance after his parents pulled him from the water

IRENE QUIRANTE

A three-year-old child has died after falling into a swimming pool in Benalmádena on the Costa del Sol. The tragedy happened last Sunday afternoon, 31 July, and the little boy died at the Hospital Materno-Infantil in Malaga after he had been rushed there in a critical condition.

Sources have told SUR the child was with his parents and, apparently, for a few moments they lost sight of him. The parents found the child submerged in the pool and tried to revive him after pulling him from the water. For several minutes they attempted first aid manoeuvres on him, but the little boy did not respond.

Health services were quickly alerted to the incident. As soon as they arrived, the paramedics urgently transferred him by ambulance to the Hospital Materno-Infantil in Malaga , where, despite all the efforts of the nursing staff, it was not possible to save the little boy's life.

Sadly, since last May there have already been at least three accidental deaths of minors due to drowning in the province. The first victim was a four-year-old boy who died on the 1st of that month after his parents found him floating the day before in a Monda pool.

The parents took the little boy out of the water and immediately transferred him to the Coín health centre, where the child received the first medical assistance. However, due to the seriousness of his condition, he was rushed by helicopter to the Hospital Materno-Infantil in Malaga, where he finally died.

The second death was on Tuesday, June 7, when another two-year-old Danish boy lost his life after falling into a swimming pool at a Coín residential development

The accident happened on the 4th, when callers alerted the 112 emergency service number that they had rescued a young child from the water who, apparently, had gone into cardiorespiratory arrest. Due to the seriousness of his situation, the minor was transferred by helicopter and admitted to the intensive care unit of the Hospital Materno-Infantil in Malaga. Despite the efforts of the health staff, they could not do more to save him.