A THREE-YEAR-OLD Irish boy died in hospital on Tuesday, after he was found floating in a swimming pool at an Orihuela Costa urbanisation the previous morning.
The toddler, named in Ireland as Avery Greene, was reported to be on holiday with his family from the town of Mallow in County Cork.
He was discovered by a holidaymaker lying head-first in the pool on Calle Aqua on the Aldeas del Aquamarina urbanisation at Cabo Roig shortly after 9.00am.
A man had gone for a swim and initially thought there was an inflatable toy floating in the water, but when he swam closer he realised that it was a small boy.
Avery´s grandparents realised that he was missing and they rushed to the pool.
Four Orihuela local police officers arrived on the scene, followed by SAMU paramedics and a doctor from the Cabo Roig Health Centre, who managed to resuscitate the boy, who had not been breathing for some time.
The stabilisation process took until around 10.30am and an air ambulance, which landed next to the Cabo Roig promenade, then flew Avery to Alicante General Hospital, where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and placed onto life support.
He passed away on Tuesday morning, and it was reported in the Spanish media that the Guardia Civil filed a report to the courts in Orihuela stating the death was accidental, due to the “carelessness” of the boy´s mother.