British boy, 11, drowns in swimming pool during family vacation on French Eurocamp site
British boy, 11, drowns in swimming pool during family vacation at French campsite
- Child died after getting into trouble in the man-made swimming pool on the French campsite
- Lifeguard saw a lifeless body in the water on the grounds of La Croix du Vieux Pont
- The 11-year-old was taken off the scene but was declared dead in the hospital
- Dozens of guests tried to save him when they saw him drown in the pool
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An 11-year-old British schoolboy drowned in a swimming pool at a French campsite.
The child, who is said to be from East Yorkshire but was not mentioned, died after getting into trouble while swimming at the La Croix du Vieux Pont site, about 50 miles northeast of Paris.
Emergency services came on the scene around 6:30 PM local time after a lifeless body was reportedly noticed by a lifeguard.
The boy drowned in a man-made swimming pool at a location close to Disneyland Paris and 50 miles northeast of the capital. He is supposed to come from East Yorkshire and has not yet been mentioned
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Commonwealth has released a statement stating that they have spoken with the French authorities and supported the family of a child who died in France.
When they realized that the boy was in trouble, dozens of people climbed to the pool to save him.
The boy was taken off the stage but was later declared dead in the hospital.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Commonwealth confirmed that they were in contact with the French authorities and & # 39; the family of a British child who died in France & # 39; support.
The site is close to both Paris and Disneyland Paris and offers a range of activities for children, making it a popular family destination for the summer.
The pool is sold as a & # 39; beach lagoon lake & # 39; and is surrounded by an artificial beach.
The boy and his family had traveled with the Kent-based tour operator Venue Holidays, who confirmed his death.
& # 39; Our heart goes out to the concerned family in this terrible time & # 39 ;, the company said in a statement.
The campsite is about 50 miles northeast of Paris and about an hour's drive from the Disneyland resort of the capital
& # 39; A senior director is at the campsite to assist the family and to find out what happened.
& # 39; We will of course cooperate fully with the owners of the campsite and with any official investigation that the French authorities may conduct.
& # 39; We will help the family in every way possible and would like their privacy to be respected in this difficult time. & # 39;
European Camping Group has issued a statement in which & # 39; deep sorrow for the family & # 39; is pronounced.
& # 39; The group and the direction of camping and the staff, shocked by this tragedy, are with the holidaymakers and 24-hour psychological support has been set up with an English-speaking French psychologist, & # 39; it said.
& # 39; The group, confronted for the first time with a fatal accident at one of its campsites, cooperates with the authorities to shed light on the circumstances of the accident. & # 39;
On the website of the campsite it is spread over 100 hectares with 660 camping places and has a heated swimming pool complex, as well as a lake surrounded by an artificial beach.
Eurocamp is one of the tour operators that occupies a position on the site.
A company spokeswoman said: & # 39; Eurocamp is deeply saddened by the tragic incident that occurred yesterday at La Croix du Vieux Pont.
& # 39; Our thoughts are with the family in this very difficult time.
& # 39; We are actively working with the camping operator, the tour operator with whom the family travels and with the local authorities to determine the precise circumstances that led to the accident. & # 39;
A Foreign Ministry spokesperson said: & # 39; We support the family of a British child who died in France and is in contact with the French authorities. & # 39;
Parents say their children have been in danger in the same camp
A former guest at La Croix du Vieux Pont said that the depth of the pool was not well indicated and that the park did not take concerns into account.
Jan, a 45-year-old nurse from Durham, told MailOnline: & # 39; We went in July (2016) there were no markers or lifeguard (s) at that time. & # 39;
& # 39; I emailed the park, but as you can see from (their) response, they weren't too concerned. & # 39;
She said her youngest boy & # 39; began to scream (that) he could not put his feet down and began to hold onto the older one and drag her down.
& # 39; So (my) husband came in to get them and luckily arrived on time, but my 5ft husband said he couldn't stand on the bottom, & # 39; she added.
& # 39; It is not really necessary and does not have to be that deep. & # 39;
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