Boy dies after Ilfracombe swimming pool rescue

A four-year-old boy has died after an accident at a swimming pool while on holiday in north Devon.

He was pulled from the pool at Bicclescombe Grange near Ilfracombe at about 16:30 BST on Friday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the boy was airlifted to the Bristol Children's Hospital, where his life-support machine was switched off on Tuesday.

The owner of the complex said the boy's death was "tragic", adding that health and safety signs were in place.

The family were visiting the area on holiday, although it is not known where they are from.

'Rocked us all'

A police spokesman said: "This is a sad and tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family.

"Officers will now be making a number of inquiries so we can fully understand what has happened.

"While we don't know the circumstances it is important to remind parents and those responsible for young children to be extra vigilant when supervising children in water."

The Bicclescombe Grange complex - a large holiday home with an indoor swimming pool - is owned by Andrew and Allison Swinton.

Mr Swinton said he and his wife were away at the time of the accident.

"It is tragic and we're still trying to come to terms with it. It has rocked us all," he said.

"We met with health and safety officers and police and they did not voice any concerns about the arrangements in place.

"It is a secure pool and we have got all the signage up we should have."

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