Hotel spokesman describes 'tragic' death of Wigan boy

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A hotel spokesman has described the terrible moment a four-year-old Wigan boy was pulled out of a swimming pool while on holiday.


Presley Stockton, from Hindley, was staying with his extended family at the four-star Hotel Paradise Park Fun Lifestyle in Los Cristianos, Tenerife.

Paradise Park, Los Christianos

Paradise Park, Los Christianos

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A spokesman for the hotel said the boy was in the busy family pool when he was spotted by a hotel lifeguard who pulled him out at around 3.30pm on Wednesday.

The spokesman said: "He was in the family pool. It was packed, we are packed, the pool was packed with children and families.

"It is not a deep pool.

"There were two lifeguards on the spot.

"One pulled him out, the other one came over and they were both doing procedures. Two to three minutes later an ambulance came, there were lots of ambulances, five or six doctors were trying to resuscitate.

"When they found out everybody was then saying: 'My goodness how can this happen?' One gentleman said, 'I was half a yard away from him.'

"He could not swim and had no arm bands on. It is just tragic, an absolute tragedy."

The spokesman for the hotel added: "We at this point are aiming to put all our efforts on supporting the family.

"The family is a large family from the UK and we are aiming to give them all the support we can.

"This has been an absolute tragedy, in our 30-year history we have never had that experience, this has never happened.

"We are doing everything we can to first of all help the family in everything they need.

"It is just one of those terrible things. We want to get to the bottom of it.

"It is just a terrible tragedy, we are all very devastated really. The staff, the family, the other guests, it's just been a terrible, dark day in the history of our hotel but nothing compared to what the family are going through."

Local police are investigating, with statements being taken from witnesses and CCTV cameras checked, the spokesman added.