A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy has tragically died following a swimming pool accident on a family holiday in Ilfracombe.
It is understood the young child was pulled from the swimming pool at Bicclescombe Grange after nearly drowning at around 4.30pm on Friday.
He was taken to North Devon District Hospital before later being airlifted to Bristol Children’s Hospital. Police said the boy’s life support machine was switched off yesterday.
It is believed the boy’s family were on holiday in North Devon, although it is not known at this time where they are from.
The circumstances surrounding the incident have not yet been confirmed, although police have begun a full investigation into the incident.
A Devon and Cornwall 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 enquiries 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 four-star Bicclescombe Grange complex, situated on the outskirts of Ilfracombe, is owned by Andrew and Allison Swinton.
Mr Swinton said of the tragedy: "We were in Italy at the time. We came back on Tuesday morning and found out then. We have spoken to the police. The child died in hospital in Bristol following the accident."
Mr Swinton said it was a family gathering at the resort in Ilfracombe. "It is a tragic occurrence," he added.
Mr Swinton said Health and Safety officers had visited the premises and confirmed they were happy with the facilities and that guests have been there since the incident occurred.
"It is a very secure pool with double locked doors," added Mr Swinton.
"We have got all the signage up we should have. We do not know how it happened."
Jeremy Mann, Head of Environmental Health and Housing Services at North Devon Council said officers had visited the scene.
He said: "We have been informed of the tragic incident, which is currently being investigated by the police."
"We have visited the site in support of the ongoing police investigation, but are unable to make any further comment at this time."