Galashiels girl, 3, dies after St Annes hotel pool incident

Dalmeny Hotel on South Promenade in St Annes, Lancashire
Image caption Paramedics were called to Dalmeny Hotel on South Promenade in St Annes

A three-year-old girl has died after being pulled out of a hotel swimming pool in Lancashire.

The girl, from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, was reported to be "drowning" at Dalmeny Hotel on South Promenade in St Annes on Thursday.

She was taken to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in a critical condition, where she died. Police are treating her death as "unexplained".

A woman, aged 40, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and child neglect.

The woman, also from Galashiels, has been bailed until 15 November pending further enquiries.

Paramedics initially took the child to Blackpool Victoria Hospital shortly after 11:00 BST. She was then transferred to the specialist children's hospital.

Det Insp Nick Connaughton, from Blackpool CID, said: "We are treating this tragic incident as an unexplained death and are continuing to investigate just how the child has come into difficulties in the pool.

"Our thoughts remain with the child's family at this sad time."

Image caption Carole Greenwood dived into the pool to rescue the girl

Former lifeguard Carole Greenwood said she had "dived" into the pool when she saw the girl at the bottom.

She said: "I noticed there was a child at the bottom and I dived in and rescued the child and followed on with resuscitation.

"She did start to breathe and the ambulance took over.

"It's quite shocking and I feel really upset for the girl," she added.

A spokesman for the 100-bedroom hotel declined to comment.

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