A British holidaymaker has described the frantic scenes after a four-year-old boy drowned in a Tenerife swimming pool.
The 51-year-old tourist, from Exeter, Devon, watched in horror as little Presley Stockton was pulled out of "the deep end" at a four-star hotel yesterday.
He says the youngster’s family members were by the pool at the Paradise Park Hotel in Los Cristianos when they suddenly realised he was in the water.
A man raced over and pulled Presley from the pool, while a woman in a nearby hotel room, believed to be a close relative, was alerted to the tragedy.
"The first thing we noticed was a guy running across and pulling this kid out of the water. He was unconscious," the holidaymaker told Mirror Online.
He added that the woman ran down from the room after a man banged on the door, yelling "Get out here", before dashing straight to the shallow end.
"She immediately ran down to the shallow side of the pool," he said.
"She was expecting him to be in the shallow side where the kids are but he was actually fished out of the deep end.
"When the [woman] came down she was screaming, ‘Wake up, wake up’."
Presley is thought to have been on holiday with close and extended family, including his mum and dad, when he drowned in the popular resort.
The holidaymaker, who did not wish to be named, recalled how a man, a lifeguard and hotel employee all tried frantically to save the boy.
But, he added, it quickly became apparent the youngster couldn’t be saved.
"Everybody tried their best to do what they could but it was a thankless task," said the tourist, who is still on holiday in the resort.
"Everyone was stood around, staring in disbelief about what had happened."
Emergency crews arrived at the scene and the desperate efforts to revive Presley continued, but the youngster could tragically not be saved.
Presley, thought to be from Hindley in Wigan, Greater Manchester, sadly failed to respond to CPR. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The guest added: "It’s very, very subdued around the hotel at the moment.
"The entertainment was cancelled last night and there were a lot of people around crying."
A spokesman for the hotel said: "He was in the family pool. It was packed, we are packed, the pool was packed with children and families.
"It is not a deep pool. There were two lifeguards on the spot. One pulled him out, the other one came over and they were both doing procedures.
"Two to three minutes later an ambulance came, there were lots of ambulances, five or six doctors were trying to resuscitate.
"When they found out everybody was then saying: ‘My goodness how can this happen?’ One gentleman said, ‘I was half a yard away from him.’
"He could not swim and had no armbands on. It is just tragic, an absolute tragedy."
The spokesman for the hotel added: "We at this point are aiming to put all our efforts on supporting the family.
"This has been an absolute tragedy, in our 30-year history we have never had that experience, this has never happened.
"We are doing everything we can to first of all help the family in everything they need.
"The staff, the family, the other guests, it’s just been a terrible, dark day in the history of our hotel but nothing compared to what the family are going through."
Local police are investigating, with statements being taken from witnesses and CCTV cameras checked, the spokesman added.
Presley’s family and friends have taken to social media to describe their heartbreak over the death of the "one in a million" youngster.
The little boy’s granddad posted pictures of him on Facebook , writing: "Today our little P, our little whirlwind Presley has been taken from us."
He added: "Our family is broken-hearted.
"Fly high my little angel, you were one in a million."
Another devastated relative, who is thought to have been on the holiday, changed her cover photo to a picture of her and smiling Presley.
She wrote: "Been absolute hell for everyone all day.
"Can’t ever live this day down, everyone’s heartbroken."
She added: "Just want come home, nothing will ever be [the] same."
A third loved one, who stayed behind in the UK, had posted last night: "My heart hurts so much. Sad day today. R.i.P are Presley Stockton! (sic).
"Absolutely devastated. Sending lots of love to all my family. Stay strong… miss you all so much thinking of you all tonight.!!"
Presley is thought to have flown to the holiday island from Manchester Airport with family members only the day before the tragedy.
An air ambulance was mobilised as part of the emergency response after the alarm was raised at around 3.40pm yesterday.
It landed on a street near the hotel, which had been cleared by police.
The circumstances surrounding the incident are now being investigated by police under the coordination of a local court.
This morning, shocked family friends offered Presley’s parents – believed to be called Kirsty and Peter – and other grieving relatives their support.
Wellwisher Jade Disley wrote on social media: “What a cruel world we live in.
"Four is no age to die. Can’t imagine to think what Kirsty and her family are going through. Such heartbreaking news.”
In a message to Presley’s parents, Laura Francis added: “Heartbreaking news RIP Presley. Thinking of Peter and Kirsty and the family at this awful time.”
Louise Caddick also expressed her devastation at the tragedy.
She wrote: “RIP Little Presley. What a horrible world we live in.
"Just four years old though. FOUR. Thoughts go out to Kirsty and Pey on the devastating news. Every parents’ worst nightmare.”
Meanwhile, Hannah Olivia said: "Such a cruel world. Words cannot describe how distraught I am for you and your family.
"A lovely little boy taken way too soon.
"RIP Presley. Shine bright gorgeous.”
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A spokesman for a local government-run emergency response coordination centre confirmed a four-year-old boy had died at a hotel in Los Cristianos.
The centre said in a statement: “An alert was received at 3.40pm yesterday informing us that a child who appeared to have been involved in a drowning incident and was suffering possible cardiac arrest, had been pulled out of a swimming pool at a hotel in the resort.
“Efforts to revive the youngster using CPR proved unsuccessful and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
“Local police cooperated with the emergency services and habilitated an area for an air ambulance to land near the hotel complex.
“National Police took charge of the body until court workers arrived.”
The hotel where the tragedy occurred has five swimming pools. Travel websites say the 376-room hotel offers wonderful views over the Bay of Los Cristianos and Mount Teide from a rooftop terrace.
It is popular among British tour operators and holidaymakers.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Our consular staff are supporting the family of a British child who died in Tenerife and are in contact with Spanish authorities.”
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