West Midlands girl, 8, drowns at Talacre caravan park

Councillor Gareth Roberts said it was "every parent's nightmare" and he wished to express condolences to her family.

An eight-year-old girl has drowned in a swimming pool at a caravan park in Flintshire.

North Wales Police said Saturday's incident happened at Talacre Beach Caravan and Leisure Park on the coast.

The girl, from the West Midlands, had been on holiday with her family.

Park managers said their thoughts were with the family and they were doing everything to assist the investigation, which involves police and the local council.

The girl was pronounced dead just before 1700 BST after being taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police said the incident was not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been informed.

Talacre location map The girl was pronounced after being taken to hospital in Bodelwyddan

The Welsh Ambulance Service said the girl was found at the bottom of the pool and had been taken out by the time they got there.

An ambulance and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the park at 1540BST on Saturday and they arrived within eight minutes.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate her at the scene and on the way to hospital but she was pronounced dead at Glan Clwyd Hospital.

James McAllister, deputy managing director of Talacre Beach Caravan and Leisure Park, said: "At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the little girl who tragically lost her life yesterday.

"At this very difficult time we are doing everything we can to assist the authorities with their enquiries into this tragic accident.

"We are unable to comment further at this time as you can imagine."

Mr McAllister said their statement had been approved by the girl's family, who he said "have appealed for respect of their privacy at this time of their sad loss".

The pool was closed on Sunday with a sign on the entrance apologising for any inconvenience.

The park's brochure advises that all children aged eight years and under who use the indoor heated pool "must be accompanied in the water by a responsible adult swimmer over the age of 16 years at all times".

Flintshire Council will investigate and the coroner have been informed.

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