A former HERO team performed CPR on a seven-year-old Irish girl for more than an hour after she was pulled from a swimming pool in Mallorca and then died.
The British tourist, 42, from Newcastle, was at the four-star HYB Eurocalas hotel in the east coast resort of Calas de Mallorca when the young man got into trouble in the hotel pool.
The former British Army rifleman told the Sun how he spent more than an hour desperately trying to save the girl using resuscitation techniques as chaos ensued.
He sprang into action after another health worker on the scene declared that the girl had died and that his military training taught him to never give up on resuscitation.
She spent an hour pumping her chest until a paramedic arrived to take her to the Palma hospital where she unfortunately died two days later.
A German tourist was the first to see the girl and pull her out of the water before the ex-soldier, who was only a few meters away, jumped in to help.
The father-of-two told the Sun: “Somebody grabbed the girl and was pulling her out of the pool, I saw it and jumped in and helped pull her out.”
“I started CPR and then someone said she was a pediatric nurse so she jumped into compressions and I was doing the mask to try to pump some air into her.
“But the mask was too big for his head, so I ended up giving him mouth-to-mouth because more air was getting into him.
“But then the nurse got up and left, left. She went back to her lounger and told people that she was gone.
“I was never going to stop, what if that was my son? No one knew how long he had been there. [the pool].
“My understanding is that if you’re going to give someone CPR, do it until they’re physically exhausted or until a medical professional takes over.
“When we were giving her CPR, she came back, I thought we had her back.”
The British revealed how the girl’s family, on the first day of their vacation, watched in horror as rescuers tried to save her by the pool.
The Briton says his partner pulled the girl’s brothers from the horrific scene while another guest called an ambulance.
He believes the young woman went from the children’s pool to the adult pool without her bracelets and got into trouble.
I was never going to stop, what if that was my son? No one knew how long he had been there.
He added: “The girl’s older sister came over and was yelling, ‘That’s my sister, that’s my sister.’
“It’s been a long time [the resusitation]her mother was absolutely frantic, the father was doing his best to keep her calm.
The former squad also criticized authorities’ attempts to save the girl, saying there were not enough lifeguards on site and there appeared to be no plan of action for an emergency to save lives.
He said: “When a child goes missing in Spain, the area is closed off and everyone is working, but there is nothing on site when a child drowns.
“You make the phone call, they should be there ASAP. We were doing CPR for over an hour.
“The police came first and took over CPR, and people were protecting her with towels.
“A doctor arrived and there was simply no urgency, we were the ones running trying to help.”
The young woman was rushed to an intensive care unit “in critical condition” on Monday.
But on Wednesday, sources at the Son Espases Hospital in the island’s capital, Palma, confirmed that he had lost the fight for life.
A routine police investigation into Monday’s incident at the four-star HYB Eurocalas hotel is ongoing.
The parents of the unidentified girl were said to be receiving professional grief counseling to help them cope with their loss.
A spokeswoman for a regional government-run emergency coordination center said on Tuesday: “We received a call around 3:40pm on Monday to say that lifeguards had seen a girl lying motionless at the bottom of the pool and They dove to rescue her.
“They performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her after pulling her out of the water because she had gone into cardiac arrest.
“Paramedics continued to try to revive her after arriving on scene and managed to get her breathing back into the back of the ambulance.
She was transferred to the Son Espases Hospital.
On June 5, Corey Aughey, a six-year-old boy from north Belfast, died in hospital after falling into the pool of the hotel where he was staying with his family in the Mallorcan resort of Sa Coma, near the Love Island villa. .
And last month, a British boy drowned in a swimming pool accident on the Costa Blanca.
Freddie Joseph Briggs died in the pool at his parents’ house in the town of Aigues, near Benidorm, on May 25, prompting the town hall to declare three days of mourning.
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