British 19-month-old boy drowns in private pool on Costa Blanca
26th May 2022

British 19-month-old boy drowns in private pool on Costa Blanca

  • The toddler was pulled out of the water unconscious on Wednesday afternoon
  • An air ambulance was dispatched but he was pronounced dead at the scene
  •  The tragedy happened at a private pool in a village south-west of Benidorm

A British toddler has drowned in a Costa Blanca swimming pool.

The 19-month-old boy was pulled out of the water unconscious yesterday afternoon around 6.15pm.

An air ambulance was sent to the area as part of the emergency response but efforts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The pool where the tragedy happened has been described as a private pool in Aigues, a village a short drive inland from the coast to the north of Alicante and south west of Benidorm.

A routine police investigation is ongoing.

Well-placed sources confirmed the youngster who died was British. One unconfirmed local report said the family had recently moved to the area.

The 19-month-old boy was pulled out of the water unconscious yesterday afternoon around 6.15pm in the village of Aigues (pictured)

A spokesman for a regional government emergency response coordination centre confirmed: ‘At 6.15pm yesterday, we were informed a little boy had been pulled out of a private swimming pool in Aigues.

‘We mobilised an air ambulance and a basic life support ambulance.

‘A neighbour performed resuscitation techniques until the medical response teams arrived.

‘Once they were there, the medical responders continued with advanced CPR and other resuscitation techniques but they were unable to save the child, a 19-month-old toddler who was pronounced dead at the scene.’

The tragedy happened on a private residential estate called El Paraiso – Paradise in English – in Aigues.

In Castillian Spanish it is called Aguas de Busot. It has just 986 inhabitants according to a 2020 census and sits at just under 1,000 feet above sea level in Alicante province’s fascinating mountain landscape a short distances from the beaches of El Campello and San Juan.

Benidorm is a 30-minute drive away.

It is not yet clear how the toddler ended up in the pool.

Yesterday’s tragedy comes on the back of two others in the area involving British nationals.

Expat Ingrid Dale, 67, originally from Dereham in Norfolk, died after being stung by a wasp in a Costa Blanca restaurant on May 9.

She is said to have gone into anaphylactic shock in front of pals at the bar in the coastal town of Moraira half an hour north of Benidorm.

She died in an ambulance outside the Hill Top Sports Bar & Grill after going into cardiac arrest before she could be taken to hospital.

Friends and well-wishers spoke of their heartbreak over widowed Ingrid’s freak death as it emerged she was at a lunch to help raise funds for Ukrainian families when the tragedy occurred.

Later the same day a British man drowned in a nearby river which had claimed the lives of three other people in the past month as he tried to save his dog.

Former Royal Navy sailor Paul Lebihan, originally from Gateshead, died after getting into difficulties in the river at a beauty spot a short drive from the Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm.

Friends and loved ones later paid tribute to the 24-year-old keen amateur boxer and set up a GoFundMe appeal which has already raised around half its £15,000 goal to help his family bring Paul’s body home and assist with funeral costs. 

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