Call for law change after 2-year-old boy from Hindley Green drowns in swimming pool in Tunisia

The Bolton News: Loui Aspinall Loui Aspinall

AN inquest has started into the death of a toddler who drowned on a family holiday in Tunisia.

Loui Aspinall, aged two, was staying at the Houda Golf and Beach Resort in Skanes with his dad Gavin, mum Emma Hollingsworth and six-year-old sister Darcy when he was rescued from the hotel pool on September 25 last year.

At Bolton Coroners’ Court on Tuesday, Miss Hollingsworth, of Atherton Road, Hindley Green, said that in the days leading up to Loui’s death the family spent their time by the pool and around the hotel.

“I can’t remember actually seeing lifeguards sat by the pool but I did see them walking around,” she said.

She said that either she or Mr Aspinall would always take the children into the pool and Loui always wore both armbands and an inflatable ring.

The court heard how Miss Hollingsworth had been lying on her front in the shallow end, facing away from the pool at the time of the toddler’s death.

“When we came back from lunch, Gavin took Loui into the water and I just thought that they were still in the pool,” she said.

“When I turned around to sit back on the sun lounger that is when I saw Loui on the side of the pool and I ran round to him.”

Loui was rescued from the water at 1.19pm, around seven minutes after Mr Aspinall had taken Loui into the pool.

Perinatal consultant pathologist Melanie Newbold, who conducted the post mortem examination, told the court there was nothing to suggest Loui had been anything but a healthy little boy.

The family have launched a petition calling for fully trained lifeguards to be on duty at all times and to have medical equipment - including defibrillators and oxygen - at all holiday resort pools and public pools in the UK and abroad.

The inquest was adjourned until next Wednesday, May 14, due to unforeseen circumstances delaying the start of the hearing.

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6:09pm Wed 7 May 14

Gore Seer says...

I Shall Light A Candle For This Child,
I Shall Light A Candle For This Child, Gore Seer
  • Score: 9

9:34pm Wed 7 May 14

Citizen Cane says...

Is there a paragraph missing from this report - perhaps the most important one in this tragic event? When will the BN actually report something properly?
Is there a paragraph missing from this report - perhaps the most important one in this tragic event? When will the BN actually report something properly? Citizen Cane
  • Score: -4

10:41pm Wed 7 May 14

sueie1 says...

Absolutely heartbreaking, what a beautiful boy
Absolutely heartbreaking, what a beautiful boy sueie1
  • Score: 18

11:28pm Wed 7 May 14

Comment777 says...

Absolute tragedy. I have my opinions which I shall keep to myself. Suffice it to say neither of my children would ever need a lifeguard to rescue them because I or my partner would be with them every second they were in or near the pool...
Absolute tragedy. I have my opinions which I shall keep to myself. Suffice it to say neither of my children would ever need a lifeguard to rescue them because I or my partner would be with them every second they were in or near the pool... Comment777
  • Score: 13

2:10am Thu 8 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

Comment777 wrote:
Absolute tragedy. I have my opinions which I shall keep to myself. Suffice it to say neither of my children would ever need a lifeguard to rescue them because I or my partner would be with them every second they were in or near the pool...
I will say it.
Why was a 2yr old child alone near a pool?
I hope the law they wish to change is the one allowing small children alone near pools without a carer and not to make lifeguards into babysitters, If that was the UK and my child then I would be in court for neglect.
Its a shame that the victim was an innocent child that knew no better.
I filled in my garden pond for the very same reason, I was worried a child may drown in it.
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: Absolute tragedy. I have my opinions which I shall keep to myself. Suffice it to say neither of my children would ever need a lifeguard to rescue them because I or my partner would be with them every second they were in or near the pool...[/p][/quote]I will say it. Why was a 2yr old child alone near a pool? I hope the law they wish to change is the one allowing small children alone near pools without a carer and not to make lifeguards into babysitters, If that was the UK and my child then I would be in court for neglect. Its a shame that the victim was an innocent child that knew no better. I filled in my garden pond for the very same reason, I was worried a child may drown in it. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 15

8:15am Thu 8 May 14

BettieC says...

For anyone who wishes to support the petition mentioned in this article, here is the link:

http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/64474

Thank you for your support.
For anyone who wishes to support the petition mentioned in this article, here is the link: http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/64474 Thank you for your support. BettieC
  • Score: -4

11:55am Thu 8 May 14

Darrennz says...

So sad. There but for ...
So sad. There but for ... Darrennz
  • Score: 9

8:54pm Thu 8 May 14

sparklel21 says...

These poor parents have to live with the fact they lost their little boy every second of every day. They don't need punishing anymore, we all do things as parents that make us less than perfect, the split second it takes for a picturesque scene to go horribly wrong is something I hope I never have to endure. R.I.P beautiful boy and may his parents find peace.
These poor parents have to live with the fact they lost their little boy every second of every day. They don't need punishing anymore, we all do things as parents that make us less than perfect, the split second it takes for a picturesque scene to go horribly wrong is something I hope I never have to endure. R.I.P beautiful boy and may his parents find peace. sparklel21
  • Score: 3

4:52am Fri 9 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

sparklel21 wrote:
These poor parents have to live with the fact they lost their little boy every second of every day. They don't need punishing anymore, we all do things as parents that make us less than perfect, the split second it takes for a picturesque scene to go horribly wrong is something I hope I never have to endure. R.I.P beautiful boy and may his parents find peace.
Really!!
They are trying to blame the world and its mother rather than stepping up and saying.
It was my fault, I was not watching my son at the time"
[quote][p][bold]sparklel21[/bold] wrote: These poor parents have to live with the fact they lost their little boy every second of every day. They don't need punishing anymore, we all do things as parents that make us less than perfect, the split second it takes for a picturesque scene to go horribly wrong is something I hope I never have to endure. R.I.P beautiful boy and may his parents find peace.[/p][/quote]Really!! They are trying to blame the world and its mother rather than stepping up and saying. It was my fault, I was not watching my son at the time" mr.mark.c
  • Score: 0

11:01am Tue 13 May 14

Price84 says...

A tragic story but I have to ask, how exactly do they plan to change the law in "in the UK and abroad"? All the petitions in the world can't make another country change its laws because the UK government has said so.
A tragic story but I have to ask, how exactly do they plan to change the law in "in the UK and abroad"? All the petitions in the world can't make another country change its laws because the UK government has said so. Price84
  • Score: 0

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