A british child aged two and a half drowned in a Minorcan swimming pool in the early hours of yesterday afternoon. The toddler was on holiday with her parents at an apartment block in Cala Galdana (Ferreries). The alarm was raised minutes before 1pm, when the parents realised that their daughter had fallen into the pool at the apartment block. Police and an ambulance rushed to the scene in answer to the emergency call, and paramedics worked for more than half an hour in an effort to revive the child. Hopes were raised when she seemed to respond to treatment, but she suffered cardio-respiratory failure and slipped into an irreversible coma, which caused her death. The judge and the coroner went to the scene of the accident and ordered the removal of the body. The health authorities provided a team of psychologists to give counselling to the bereaved parents, who are in a state of shock. The name of the family has not been released. The child's death has led to renewed calls for swimming pools to have lifeguards.

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