A 19-month-old British toddler drowned in a swimming pool near Benidorm as the local community announced a three-day mourning period.
Freddie Joseph Briggs was pulled unconscious from the water around 6.15pm yesterday afternoon in the Costa Blanca, Spain.
An ambulance was rushed to the area as part of an urgent emergency response – but efforts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The tragedy happened on a private housing estate called El Paraiso – paradise in English – in the village of Aigues, as it is called in Valencian Spanish.
Police in the area are investigating the incident.
Well-placed sources confirmed that the deceased youth was British. It was initially not clear whether the toddler was on vacation with his family or lived in Spain.
A spokesman for a regional government emergency coordination center confirmed: “At 6.15pm on Wednesday we were informed that a young boy had been pulled from a private swimming pool in Aigues.
“We have mobilized an air ambulance and an ambulance with basic life support.
“A neighbor performed resuscitation techniques until emergency medical teams arrived.
“Once there, medical responders continued advanced CPR and other resuscitation techniques but were unable to save the child, a 19-month-old infant who was pronounced dead at the scene.”
A police source added: “The incident took place in a housing estate called El Paraiso in Aigues de Busot.
“Parents were helped to get the toddler out of the water and CPR techniques were practiced on the child until an ambulance arrived.
“After repeated attempts to save the child, he was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The local town hall gave the child a name and confirmed that they will mourn for three days after the tragedy.
Aigues Town Hall said: “The news of yesterday’s death of little boy Freddie Joseph Briggs has saddened and moved the residents of Aigues.
“As a sign of our pain and solidarity with the child’s parents and other loved ones, we declare three days of mourning starting tomorrow.”
How the toddler got into the pool is still unclear.
According to an unconfirmed local report, the family had recently relocated to the area.
Wednesday’s tragedy comes on the backs of two others in the area involving British nationals.
Expat Ingrid Dale, 67, originally from Dereham in Norfolk, died after being stung by a wasp at a Costa Blanca restaurant on May 9.
She is said to have gone into anaphylactic shock in front of friends at the bar in the seaside town of Moraira, half an hour north of Benidorm.
Ingrid died in an ambulance outside Hill Top Sports Bar & Grill after suffering cardiac arrest before she could be taken to hospital.
Friends and well-wishers spoke of their grief over widowed Ingrid’s unusual death when it was revealed she was at a luncheon to raise funds for Ukrainian families when the tragedy struck.
Later that same day, a Briton drowned in a nearby river that had claimed the lives of three other people in the past month.
Former Royal Navy seaman Paul Lebihan, originally from Gateshead, died after getting into trouble in the river in a beautiful spot just a short drive from the Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm.
According to local reports, Paul died trying to save his dog, which he was able to save.
Friends and family later paid tribute to the 24-year-old avid amateur boxer and set up a GoFundMe appeal.
It has already raised around half of its £15,000 goal to help his family bring Paul’s body home and help with funeral expenses.
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