Boy drowns at Vera water park

THE Guardia Civil are examining the circumstances of the drowning of a boy, 5, at Vera’s Parque Acuatico. The boy, from a local care home, drowned while playing in one of the swimming pools at the water park.

Initial investigations have attributed to hydrocution – commonly known as stomach cramps – brought on by swimming too soon after a meal.

All the park’s paperwork and permits were in order, confirmed the Junta. The installations are now being examined to confirm that adequate safety measures were in place at the time, although this was the first accident since the water park opened in 1999. The child, whose name has not been revealed, was in a group of 14 children that visited the park last Thursday in the care of three monitors.

The boy was not playing on any of the water park’s chutes or slides when he died, explained officials at the water park, the largest installation of its kind on Almeria’s Levante coast. He was in one of the pools with his companions at around 7.30pm, supervised all the time by the three monitors, and in the presence of the water park’s lifeguards.

The five-year-old was attended to in a matter of seconds by the Parque Acuatico’s lifeguards and medical staff and the emergency services arrived only minutes later. Repeated attempts at resuscitating the boy were fruitless and nothing could be done to save his life.

Born in Cuevas de Almanzora, the child was in the care of the regional government’s Social Welfare Department and lived in a home run by nuns, Las Hijas de la Caridad.

In a statement Parque Acuatico said “Both staff and management would like to give our deep condolences to family and friends for the unfortunate incident.”

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