British boy, 5, drowns in Portugal pool on family holiday

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Image caption The youngster was on holiday with his family near Silves on the Algarve

A five-year-old British boy has died after drowning in a swimming pool in the Algarve on a family holiday.

He had been playing with his two siblings at a resort near Silves, but it is not clear whether anyone else was in the pool at the time, local police officers said.

It is the second case in two weeks of a child from a holidaymaking family drowning in a pool in Portugal.

The Foreign Office has said officials are providing support for the family.

Paramedics confirmed the boy's death shortly after 16:50 BST on Saturday.

The PA news agency said it happened in the resort of Amendoeira.

A week earlier, a six-year-old Belgian boy became trapped in a pool filter and later died in hospital.

Public prosecutors are investigating that boy's death and are expected to do the same in this latest case.

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