SHOCKED guests tried to rescue a British tourist whose lifeless body was found at the bottom of a hotel pool in Cyprus – as lifeguards were said to be too far away to spot it.
The unnamed 21-year-old was on holiday with his parents in Paphos when he was found unconscious in the pool at the King Evelthon Hotel in the Tombs of the Kings area.
The Brit was pulled from the pool at 6pm on Tuesday and “frantic” lifeguards performed CPR on him – but not before guests frantically tried to revive him.
Another Brit who saw the drama unfold blasted the guards, saying they were “ill-trained” and “paniced” when they saw the victim.
The witness, who did not want to be named, was with his family at the pool – and was sitting right between the lifeguard station and the site.
He told The Sun Online: “One of the entertainers ran down the stairs and shouted to the lifeguards.
“She had to walk past us to reach the lifeguards.
“That’s when I saw the man being pulled out of the pool and someone performing CPR.”
A photo provided by the witness shows the lifeguard station about 100m from where a horrified guest lady first discovered the body.
The source added: “My wife has a medical background so I told her to walk over as she is well educated.
“The animator informed the lifeguards that someone had just been pulled out of the pool.
“They looked nervous, they were slow, they were lackluster, it was really, really bad.
“One of them ran back and grabbed the defibrillator and went there. It’s awful.”
The lifeguards, who had previously been seen playing with their phones, were too far away to notice the commotion at first – and panicked when they were called to action, the witness added.
He continued: “You wouldn’t be able to see what’s happening from your seat, it’s a good 100m away.
“They were just two guys, probably in their early 20s if at all, and they didn’t seem cut out for the job.”
Another holidaymaker who was at the hotel described the incident as “heartbreaking to watch”.
She wrote in a Facebook post: “It was really heartbreaking to watch.
“They’ve been working on him for ages but haven’t gotten anywhere.
“The poor woman who found him is in good condition, bless her.”
The victim was taken to Paphos General Hospital where he died in intensive care at 8pm.
The police are currently investigating the incident, an autopsy is to clarify the cause of death.
The police rule out criminal activities.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing consular support to the family of a British citizen who died in Cyprus.”
The Sun Online has reached out to the King Evelthon Hotel for comment.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5712074/brit-tourist-dies-hotel-pool-cyprus-lifeguards/ Horrified guests tried to save the 21-year-old Briton who drowned in the Cypriot pool as “unsuspecting lifeguards were too far away to see them”.