Police investigate the drowning of a 6-year-old British girl at hotel pool

  • Local Police
  • 17-05-2024
  • Tenerife
  • Photo Credit: Trip Advisor
Police investigate the drowning of a 6-year-old British girl at hotel pool

The Local Police are carrying out a thorough investigation following a drowning incident that took place last week at Granada Park Aparthotel pool in Los Cristianos. Agents are trying to clarify where the young girl's parents were, what they were doing at the time of the incident, and also why there was no lifeguard present at the pool area.

The incident occurred last Thursday (May 9th) at 6:50pm, and according to reports, the last lifeguard had finished his shift at 6:00pm that day, as published by the Canary Islands Local Police portal.

The Emergency Services Coordination Centre (CECOES) received an emergency call requesting medical assistance for the girl who had been rescued from the pool at the Granada Park holiday complex by other guests and hotel staff.

The 6-year-old-girl, from the UK on holiday with her parents, showed signs of drowning so medical assistance was urgently requested. CECOES immediately activated the necessary emergency resources, including an Advanced Life Support ambulance (ALS) a Basic Life Support ambulance (BLS), a doctor and a Primary Care nurse, and the Local Police, sending them straight to the hotel.

Rescuers reportedly performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the girl as soon as she was pulled from the water, and two Local Police motorcyclists and two patrol cars, who were nearby, were the first to arrive at the scene of the incident, verified the facts and reported that when they got there she was conscious but very scared.

A few minutes later the first ambulance arrived, accompanied by a doctor and a primary care nurse from the nearest health centre who, after assessing her, diagnosed aspiration pneumonia, a condition that occurs when liquid is inhaled directly into the respiratory tract or lungs, causing inflammation. More severe forms of this condition can cause long-term damage to the lungs.

The medical staff managed to stabilise the girl and a Basic Life Support ambulance took her to Hospiten Sur for treatment. However, due to the severity of her condition, she had to be transferred again to the paediatric emergency department of ​​the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria University Hospital.

The investigation continues into the whereabouts of the girl’s parents at the time of the incident.