British boy, 12, found unconscious at bottom of pool at Spanish resort

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A British youngster has been rushed to hospital after being rescued unconscious from the bottom of a Costa Blanca pool.

The 12-year-old is said to have been pulled out of the water by relatives before paramedics saved his life by practicing CPR on him at the scene.

The alarm was raised just before 5pm on Tuesday.

Emergency responders found the boy beside the pool after being called to a house on a residential estate in the holiday resort of Javea near Benidorm.

Unconfirmed local reports said he had been practicing holding his breath underwater and could have suffered lung infarction.

Police sources confirmed the youngster was a British 12-year-old but said they were unable to offer any more details.

A spokesman for the Civil Guard said: “We were called to a property in Javea just before 5pm on Tuesday.

“The boy that was rescued came close to drowning and was taken to hospital.”

A well-placed source added: “He had a very weak pulse when the first emergency responders arrived but fortunately the efforts to save him were successful.”

As well as local police and Civil Guard, Red Cross workers and paramedics as well as staff from a local health centre were mobilised.

The hospital where the youngster was taken, Denia Hospital, has not made any official comment.

Regional government health officials said yesterday (Wednesday) he remained in hospital but it was too early to say how things would evolve.

A routine investigation, led by the Civil Guard under the coordination of a local court, is ongoing.

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