CHILD FIGHTS FOR HIS LIFE

Eight-year-old Scot­tish boy in IC af­ter drown­ing in re­sort swim­ming pool

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Irena Bodnarec

An in­ci­dent at the pool of the Magic Robin Hood re­sort last Sun­day has left an 8-year-old Scot­tish child in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion. Blair Scott was on a fam­ily hol­i­day with his three siblings when two hol­i­day­mak­ers found him ly­ing at the bot­tom of the pool.

There has been much crit­i­cism that the life­guard on duty failed to spot the young child and that he was ac­tu­ally res­cued by the two who discovered him.

The ho­tel group has is­sued a state­ment on the in­ci­dent, which is sum­marised as fol­lows:

'A pri­vate com­pany pro­vides the life­guards for the ho­tel, who are based in Ali­cante.'

As per reg­u­la­tions, it is con­firmed that four life­guards were on duty around the pool­side in ad­di­tion to one at each slide.

At around 12.00, Olivia Brolly, a Bri­tish fe­male guest at the ho­tel no­ticed an un­der­age un­re­spon­sive boy at the bot­tom of the pool and im­me­di­ately got the at­ten­tion of a fel­low Bri­tish guest – David Lee, to help res­cue the child, alert­ing the clos­est life­guard on duty and the emer­gency ser­vices.

Once out of the wa­ter it was ob­served that the child had been wear­ing gog­gles and a snorkel - CPR and first aid was ad­min­is­tered at the pool­side as­sisted by four off duty Span­ish guests, two of which were nurses, one fire­fighter and a lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cer.

At the same time ho­tel staff were try­ing to lo­cate the par­ents/guardians of the child, who were not in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity of the pool and took 20 min­utes to ar­rive at the scene from when the child was first spot­ted.

Emer­gency ser­vices took over on ar­rival and an am­bu­lance trans­ferred the child to an air am­bu­lance that had landed close by at the Trin­quet car park and taken straight to Ali­cante Gen­eral Univer­sity Hospi­tal, where at time of go­ing to press, he re­mains se­dated in In­ten­sive Care.

Close fam­ily friends are ar­riv­ing to­day (Fri­day) to es­cort the re­main­ing siblings back to the UK whilst the par­ents are be­ing of­fered con­sular sup­port.

Thoughts and pray­ers are be­ing of­fered by all of the ex­pat com­mu­nity to the fam­ily.

The air-am­bu­lance landed at the Trin­quet car park to rush the child to Ali­cante hospi­tal

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