Tayside and Central Scotland

Aidan Sands dies days after Arbroath pool incident

Aidan Sands
Image caption Aidan died four days after the incident at the caravan park swimming pool

A six-year-old boy who was pulled unconscious from an Angus swimming pool on Saturday has died, police have said.

Aidan Sands, from Beauly Avenue, Dundee, had to be resuscitated after getting into difficulties in the pool at Red Lion Caravan Park in Arbroath.

He was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, where he remained in a critical condition.

Tayside Police said he died at about 1200 BST on Wednesday, four days after the incident.

Aidan, a pupil at Mill o' Mains primary school, was at the pool with his mother Mandy Sands and two other children when he appeared to suffer a "medical episode".

The boy's grandfather, Thomas Hay, said he had died at Ninewells Hospital intensive care ward "in the loving arms of his parents", after failing to recover from his injuries.

In a statement on behalf of the family, Mr Hay said: "His parents would like to thank the gentleman who assisted Aidan at the pool-side with first aid and CPR and the ambulance team and officers of Tayside Police who assisted in getting Aidan to Ninewells hospital as quickly as possible.

"Also to the nursing staff and doctors at Ward 20 intensive care ward at Ninewells for their first class care given to Aidan during his stay in hospital.

"The family would now like time to grieve in peace at this most difficult time."

An investigation is being carried out by Tayside Police and Angus Council's environmental health section.

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