A five-year-old British girl has drowned in a hotel swimming pool in Cyprus during a family holiday. The youngster died on Monday afternoon at the Evalena Hotel in Protaras, on the southeastern coast of the island. The child had arrived in Cyprus on Sunday for a week’s holiday with her mother, grandparents and other relatives, according to the Famagusta Gazette.
Adam Kirk, a spokesman for Famagusta Police, said: “At about 4.15pm on Monday afternoon a five-year-old girl from England was found drowned in the pool of a hotel in Protaras. “A tourist saw the child in the bottom of the pool. He dived in and took her out but it was already too late. “It seems that the parents had not seen the child. She was in the bottom of the pool for around five minutes.”
He added that officers would be examining CCTV footage of the pool. A post-mortem examination at Larnaca General Hospital on Tuesday confirmed the cause of death was drowning. A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of the death of a British national in Cyprus on June 16 and are providing consular assistance at this sad time”.