A FOUR-year-old Dutch girl has drowned in a swimming pool while holidaying with her family on the Spanish Costa Blanca.
The girl’s mum was taking care of her baby son when her daughter managed to open the front door and wander outside, say reports.
She died in the coastal town of Calpe on the Mediterranean coast in the south-eastern Spanish province of Alicante.
Local newspaper Calp Digital said the family was holidaying in the Costa Blanca resort when tragedy struck on Wednesday, July 29.
Diario Informacion said the girl’s mother was taking care of her baby son when the girl, whose name has not been disclosed, managed to open the front door.
The youngster then went to the swimming pool and somehow fell in, reportedly drowning in the water.
Her distraught mother called the emergency services, and paramedics at the scene spent over half an hour trying to revive her, reports 20 Minutos.
However, despite their best efforts, the four-year-old girl passed away, according to Diario and other Spanish media.
Forensics experts were sent to the scene and the tot’s body was taken to a nearby morgue for a post-mortem.
It is unclear if the local authorities are opening an investigation into her death.
La Razon reports that an elderly woman also drowned on Wednesday at a beach in Santa Pola, Alicante, according to the Centre for Information and Coordination of Emergencies.
The woman, believed to be between 75 and 80 years old, died at the scene despite attempts to resuscitate her.
And on another resort in the same town, at Faro beach, paramedics were called after 6.15 pm on Wednesday to save a man, 70, who also nearly drowned in the sea.
After he was successfully resuscitated, he was transferred to the Elche Hospital, added La Razon.