Morfa Nefyn 'choking' death girl response investigated

Morfa Nefyn beach Image copyright Shirley Roulston
Image caption The girl was on holiday with her family in Morfa Nefyn

The ambulance service is investigating its response to a six-year-old girl believed to have choked to death while on holiday with her family in Gwynedd.

Jasmine Lapsley was treated by paramedics at a holiday home in Morfa Nefyn before being flown to hospital.

An investigation into her death has been launched by North West Wales Coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones.

The Welsh Ambulance Service said first responders arrived within 16 minutes - double its eight-minute target.

In a statement it said: "We take incidents such as these very seriously and will be looking into the circumstances to ensure we have a proper understanding of exactly what happened.

"What we can confirm at this stage is that we had a call at approximately 8.30pm on Tuesday to a medical emergency in Morfa Nefyn, which was assessed and categorised as serious and immediately life-threatening.

"Our nearest available resources, two community first responders and two emergency ambulances, were allocated immediately.

"We then dispatched an RAF helicopter and a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle to offer support.

"While waiting for help to arrive, an off-duty member of our patient care services team performed CPR on the little girl, who was later airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd where tragically she was pronounced dead."

North Wales Police said Jasmine's death was not being treated as suspicious.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

The girl was not local to the area, but no details have been given of her home address.

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