Girl, 5, drowns in hotel pool in Cyprus

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Girl, 5, drowns in hotel pool in Cyprus
Girl, 5, drowns in hotel pool in Cyprus

A five-year-old British girl has drowned in a hotel swimming pool in Cyprus.

According to police, the girl died yesterday afternoon at the Evalena Hotel in Protaras on the south-east coast of the island.

Famagusta Police spokesman Adam Kirk said: "At about 4.15pm on Monday afternoon a five-year-old girl from England was found drowned in the pool of a hotel in Protaras.

"A tourist saw the child in the bottom of the pool. He dived in and took her out but it was already too late.

"It seems that the parents had not seen the child. She was in the bottom of the pool for around five minutes."

Mr Kirk said police would be examining CCTV footage of the incident.

A post-mortem examination carried out at Larnaca General Hospital today confirmed the cause of death was drowning.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was providing consular assistance.

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