Swimming pool deaths continue to increase on Spain’s Costa Blanca despite various warnings
Although tourism numbers are drastically down on Spain’s Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol as holidaymakers shy away, swimming pool deaths are on the increase.
The latest incidents, that have seen children die, saw a drowning at a pool in the town of Pilar de la Horadada in the southeastern coastal area of Costa Blanca.
A three-year-old boy was found at the bottom of a pool, in the water by another child, aged six and believed to be a sibling, at around 9 pm yesterday.
The latest tragedy came after just hours after a four-year-old boy who was rescued from a pool at a water park in Tarragona 300 miles north, lost his fight for life in hospital after an incident on Sunday at a waterpark.
The young child had been admitted to the city’s Joan XXIII Hospital but despite attempts to save a life, the child died yesterday.
He was pulled out of a pool by lifeguards at the Aquopolis Costa Dorada near Salou as the water park was about to close on Sunday evening where his condition had been described as critical.
The latest tragedies come after a month of drownings of children during the summer in Spain, the Pilar de la Horadada drowning was the fourth in a month on Spain’s Costa Blanca swimming pool which has claimed the life of young children.
Three, including the latest, occurred in Vega Baja on the Costa Blanca.
On July 29, a Dutch girl aged four drowned at a pool in Calpe north of Benidorm at the northern end of the famous stretch of golden coastline.
August 5, saw a four-year-old Belgian boy was found floating in a pool at a relative’s house in the Brit-popular area of Ciudad Quesada near Torrevieja again on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
August 9, saw a two-year-old boy drowned at his parents’ holiday villa in nearby La Zenia.
Much speculation regarding swimming pool filters in Spain, drawing children to the bottom of the pool, has come about in recent times since the drowning last Christmas season of a drowning at Club La Costa on Spain’s Costa del Sol, where a father and his two children lost their lives, although nothing has been proven as of yet and the current cases are under investigation by the police.
Mike Wallasey though, a swimming pool technician in Detriot City belives there’s an issue with Spanish built pools, as he told Global247news his thoughts:
” I’ve been to Spain, those pools are not as safe as here in the US, those filter systems need investigating, to me they clearly are unfit for purpose, too many lives lost in Spain and nine times out of ten young children”
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