Irish girl, 4, drowns in a pool at a luxury Marbella villa
Irish girl, 4, drowns in a pool at a luxury Marbella villa ‘after leaving her paddling pool for the adult one while one of her two mothers was distracted’
- The four-year-old from Straffan, Co Kildare, died around 10.30am on Saturday
- She was staying in a rented villa just off upmarket resort Marbella’s Golden Mile
- One of her two mums – reportedly married same-sex couple – was with youngster
An Irish girl drowned during a Spanish holiday after escaping the small children’s plastic pool she was in for the adult-size pool where she got into difficulties.
The four-year-old from Straffan, Co Kildare, died around 10.30am on Saturday at a rented villa just off upmarket resort Marbella’s famous Golden Mile which is home to some of the area’s most expensive hotels and houses.
One of her two mums – reportedly a married same-sex couple – was with the youngster.
Her other mum, said to run a successful business in Celbridge, has now flown out to be by her devastated partner’s side and make arrangements to have their daughter’s body flown back home.
The four-year-old from Straffan, Co Kildare, died around 10.30am on Saturday at a rented villa just off upmarket resort Marbella’s famous Golden Mile (pictured) which is home to some of the area’s most expensive hotels and houses
Today, well-placed sources said the tragedy occurred while the mum who was in Spain was talking with a couple of adults who were thought to be friends.
The insider said: ‘The little girl was sat playing in a small children’s plastic pool and without her mum noticing, left it and ended up in the larger pool where she drowned.
‘Local police were the first on the scene and tried to save the youngster’s life using a defibrillator before paramedics arrived to take over.
‘They were unable to save her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.’
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One local described the villa where the tragedy occurred as a four-bed property in sprawling grounds.
A sign outside the tree-covered driveway to the house, which cannot be seen from the public side road that runs up to the entrance from the Golden Mile, says: ‘Private, no entrance.’
There was no sign of life at the villa today.
A neighbour said he thought the girl’s mum had left the property and Spaniards were now renting it.
The dead girl was initially described as British before it emerged the Department of Foreign Affairs were providing consular assistance.
Today, well-placed sources said the tragedy occurred while the mum who was in Spain was talking with a couple of adults who were thought to be friends. Pictured: A stock image of Marbella
Police have confirmed the death is being treated as accidental and have declined to provide any further details.
The villa where the tragedy occurred is sandwiched between modern gated apartment complexes with communal swimming pools which run along both sides of the Golden Mile.
The well-known road dubbed the Golden Mile leads from the centre of Marbella to the popular resort of Puerto Banus, and the villa is a stone’s throw from the polo bar former Princess Diana lover James Hewitt used to front.
News of the tragedy emerged just after a five-year-old British boy drowned while on holiday with his parents at a resort near Silves on the Portuguese Algarve.
He was thought to have been playing with his two twin siblings when he got into difficulties, around 4.30pm on Saturday. He has not been named.
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