British boy, 12, drowns in swimming pool during family holiday at French camp site
- Child died after getting into difficulty at man-made pool in French camp site
- Lifeguard noticed a lifeless body in the water at La Croix du Vieux Pont site
- The 12-year-old was airlifted from the scene but pronounced dead at hospital
- Dozens of guests tried to save him when they saw he was drowning in the pool
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A 12-year-old British schoolboy has drowned in a pool at a French camp site.
The child, who is said to be from East Yorkshire but has not been named, died after getting into difficulty while swimming at the La Croix du Vieux Pont site around 50 miles north-east of Paris.
Emergency services rushed to the scene at around 6.30pm local time last night after a lifeless body was reportedly noticed by a lifeguard.
The boy drowned in a man made pool at a site close by to Disneyland Paris and 50 miles north east of the capital. He is believed to be from East Yorkshire and has not yet been named
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office released a statement which said they were speaking to French authorities and supporting the family of a child who died in France
The camping site is located around 50 miles north east of Paris and around an hour’s drive from the capital’s Disneyland resort
On realising the boy was in difficulty, dozens of people clambered towards the pool to try to save him.
The boy was airlifted from the scene but pronounced dead later at hospital.
The Foreign and Commonwealth confirmed that they were in contact with the French authorities and ‘supporting the family of a British child who has died in France’.
The site is close to both Paris and Disneyland Paris and hosts a range of children’s activities, making it a popular family destination for the Summer.
The pool is marketed as a ‘beachside lagoon lake’ and is surrounded by a man made beach.
Parents say their children got into danger in pool at same camp
An ex-guest at La Croix du Vieux Pont said that the depth of the pool was not properly signposted and the park failed to take concerns into account.
Jan, a 45-year-old nurse from Durham told MailOnline: ‘We went in July  there were no markers or life guard[s] at the time.’
‘I emailed the park but as you can see from [their] response they weren’t overly concerned.’
She said that her youngest boy, ‘started shouting [that] he couldn’t put his feet down & started to hang on to the older one, dragging her down.
‘So [my] husband ran in to get them and thankfully got to them in time but, my husband who’s 5ft 10in said he couldn’t stand on the bottom,’ she added.
‘It’s not really needed & definitely doesn’t need to be so deep.’