A THREE-year-old Irish boy is in a critical condition after being found facedown and unconscious in a pool in Spain.
The boy, who is reported to be on holiday with his grandparents from Cork, was found floating by a passer-by at the Aldeas del Aguamarina resort in Cabo Roig near Alicante just after 8am Irish time on Monday morning.
He has been named by local media as Avery James Greene and is due to turn four in December.
The person who discovered him pulled him from the water before emergency services were contacted.
Local police from Orihuela were first on the scene shortly after 9am local time once the alarm was raised. His condition upon discovery was said to be very cold and unresponsive.
An air ambulance crew later arrived and worked on the child for two hours to stabilise his condition.
He was airlifted to Hospital de Alicante where he was admitted to an intensive care unit. He remained in a critical condition last night with his family by his side.
The air ambulance crew which attended the boy and transported him to the hospital later tweeted: “...we want a speedy and satisfactory recovery of the patient. Our work and objective, the best care for the patient”.
A lifeguard was not believed to be on duty at the time of the incident. It is understood the family had just finished breakfast when the incident occurred.
Judicial Police of the Civil Guard has launched an investigation.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has yet to provide any specific details on the case but said it was aware of the incident A spokesperson said: “The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stands ready to provide consular assistance to any Irish citizen in distress abroad.” More details of the boy’s condition are expected to emerge this morning.