A two-year-old-boy has drowned in a swimming pool in Murcia in southern Spain.
The incident occurred in the Camposol area of the city of Mazarron, where the emergency services received a call about a child floating unconscious in the pool.
The local police, the Civil Guard, a Mobile Emergency Unit and an ambulance from the Mazarron Emergency Service arrived at the scene where a group of people had taken the child out of the pool and tried to revive him, following instructions given to them by phone by the emergency services.
The tragedy happened at 7:50 pm yesterday (20th August).
The ambulance workers continued with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but could not revive the young boy.
The Civil Guard waited for the judicial authorities to remove the young boy’s body.
During the month of July, 77 people drowned in aquatic spaces in Spain, which represents 40 per cent of the 191 people who have died so far this year from drowning (until 31st July 2020).
The statistics published in the National Report on Drowning carried out by the Royal Spanish Federation for Rescue and Life-saving also highlighted that in July drownings in swimming pools increased, and account for 14 per cent of deaths, surpassed only by deaths on the beaches, which represent 56 per cent.
From 1st January to 31st July 2020, 35 per cent of drownings occurred on beaches, 17 per cent in rivers, 10 per cent in swimming pools, while in other undetermined places 38 per cent of drownings occurred.
The same report also highlights that 83 per cent of the total deceased died in unsupervised areas.