BREAKING: Boy, 3, critical after being found face-down in hotel swimming pool in Spain



The young lad, believed to be three-years-old, was pulled from the pool of an apartment complex at around 9am local this this morning.

The alarm was raised after a holidaymaker mistook the boy – who had been on holiday with his family – for a doll in the water.

Police were scrambled to the scene in Cabo Roig near Alicante as the child was pulled from the pool by a passerby at Aldeas del Aguamarina Complex.


Officers reportedly found him “very cold” but were quick to react to the situation.

Witnesses heard a woman scream as emergency services raced to the scene, according to reports.

It is understood the boy had a faint pulse and could only breathe with the air of a respirator when he was resuscitated by medics at the scene.


He was then airlifted to Alicante General Hospital after medics worked by the pool for nearly two hours to stabilise the young boy.

He is understood to still be in critical condition and is currently on life support.

The boy was said to have been holidaying in the popular European hotspot with his grandparents when the incident occurred.

He had eaten breakfast with his family earlier this morning – and was discovered when they became concerned of his whereabouts.



It is unclear how long the boy was in the pool for and if he fell in accidentally or was playing by himself.

Ramón López, the Councillor for Public Safety, praised “the rapid action of the agents of the Local Police as well as the doctor of the health centre who have managed to stabilise the child after being long without oxygen”.

The Judicial Police of the Civil Guard has now taken charge of the investigation to clarify the causes.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said: “The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stands ready to provide consular assistance to any Irish citizen in distress abroad.”


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