A little girl was found dead on Sunday in a hotel swimming pool in Paphos, where she was vacationing with her parents, with reports still unclear whether lifeguards saw her going into the wrong pool.
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Local media said 3-year-old Christina Protopapa from Nicosia, who was on holiday with her parents in Paphos district, was spending time with mom and dad at their hotel on Sunday afternoon.
The parents nearby reportedly gave their approval for their daughter to go play in the small pool, citing presence of other parents as well as lifeguards on site
At one point, around 5pm according to media reports, the girl told mom and dad she was going to a play in the kid-friendly pool that was slightly at a lower level but adjacent to the large swimming pool used by adults.
A few minutes later a pool guest spotted the young child floating unconscious in the water in the large swimming pool.
Two lifeguards who rushed to her aid performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in an attempt to revive her, but the little girl did not regain consciousness, it was reported in local media.
An ambulance took Christina to the Emergency Room at Paphos General Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead on arrival.
Additional reports said the parents, who were in the area of the swimming pool, had complacently given their approval for their daughter to go play in the small pool, citing presence of other parents as well as lifeguards on site.
Christina was reportedly not wearing arm floaties or any other kind of floating device at the time when she is thought to have accidently gone into the large swimming pool.
Paphos police are investigating the incident.