Tragedy as baby girl found drowned in private swimming pool at Spanish villa

A little girl aged just 20 months has drowned in a private swimming pool in Spain.

Her distraught father found her floating facedown on Sunday afternoon in his rented villa in Palencia in the region of Castile and León.

The child’s mother was reportedly away working in France when she was informed of the tragedy and immediately returned to Spain.

The tragedy happened at a property on the outskirts of the main town of Saldaña at about 1pm. Another visitor was there at the time together with a 10-year-old boy.

When the little girl’s father saw her in the pool, he managed to get her out and rushed her to a local medical centre.



There, the medical team tried for more than 40 minutes to revive her but without success and could only certify her death.

A helicopter had been put on alert in case the child had to be transferred to hospital but it was stood down.

The mayor of Saldaña, Adolfo Palacios said the town was very shocked. He said they heard the news when local fiesta celebrations were taking place though with a reduced programme due to the coronavirus crisis.



Saldaña is located in Palencia, in the autonomous community of Castile and León

“Everything has been very sad,” he said.

Local residents have been so shocked by the death that they are contributing towards the family’s funeral costs.

There have been several drowning tragedies involving children in Spain this year, including a two-year-old in a pool on a complex in Alicante and a girl, 11, who was rescued from a reservoir in Castellon but died later.



Spain’s National Association for the Safety of Children has launched a campaign to try and avoid other deaths.

It says more than 50% of children who drown do so in private pools.

The association says more than 100 youngsters have died in the last five years from drowning, and those under the age of five are at the most risk

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