British 19-month-old boy drowns in private pool on Costa Blanca 

British 19-month-old boy drowns in private pool on Costa Blanca

  • The toddler was pulled out of the water unconscious on Wednesday afternoon
  • An air ambulance was dispatched but he was pronounced dead at the scene
  •  The tragedy happened at a private pool in a village south-west of Benidorm
  • A British toddler has drowned in a Costa Blanca swimming pool.

    The 19-month-old boy was pulled out of the water unconscious yesterday afternoon around 6.15pm.

    An air ambulance was sent to the area as part of the emergency response but efforts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The pool where the tragedy happened has been described as a private pool in Aigues, a village a short drive inland from the coast to the north of Alicante and south west of Benidorm.

    A routine police investigation is ongoing.

    Well-placed sources confirmed the youngster who died was British. It was not immediately clear if the toddler was on holiday with his family or lived in Spain.

    Yesterday’s tragedy comes on the back 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 in a Costa Blanca restaurant on May 9.

    She is said to have gone into anaphylactic shock in front of pals at the bar in the coastal town of Moraira half an hour north of Benidorm.

    She died in an ambulance outside the Hill Top Sports Bar & Grill after going into cardiac arrest before she could be taken to hospital.

    Friends and well-wishers spoke of their heartbreak over widowed Ingrid’s freak death as it emerged she was at a lunch to help raise funds for Ukrainian families when the tragedy occurred.

    Later the same day a British man drowned in a nearby river which had claimed the lives of three other people in the past month as he tried to save his dog.

    Former Royal Navy sailor Paul Lebihan, originally from Gateshead, died after getting into difficulties in the river at a beauty spot a short drive from the Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm.

    Friends and loved ones later paid tribute to the 24-year-old keen amateur boxer and set up a GoFundMe appeal which has already raised around half its £15,000 goal to help his family bring Paul’s body home and assist with funeral costs.