Boy, 5, dies in swimming pool just one hour after arriving at UK holiday park

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Robin Caliskan tragically lost his life on the first day of his family holiday to Newquay (Image: Cemal Caliskal)
Robin Caliskan tragically lost his life on the first day of his family holiday to Newquay (Image: Cemal Caliskal)

A five-year-old boy has tragically died after he drowned in a swimming pool, just an hour after arriving at a holiday resort with his family.

Robin Caliskan had only just got to the Atlantic Reach holiday park in Newquay with his family. He had helped his mum and dad, Ferzane and Cemal Caliskan, pitch their tent before heading for a swim with them and his six-month-old baby brother, Renas.

Just minutes before, the family had been enjoying themselves as Cemal snapped photos of his family. The family then split with the father and son in the main pool, whilst mum and baby Renas were in the baby pool. Robin asked to go to see his mum and brother and along the way from one pool to the other, he got into difficulty. His parents said due to the "low lighting" and "barriers" they didn't immediately notice.

Boy, 5, dies in swimming pool just one hour after arriving at UK holiday park eideziqkeiqhhinvRobin Caliskan's family are devastated (Cemal Caliskal)

Heartbroken dad Cemal said when the ambulance arrived, their young boy was already dead. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Speaking to CornwallLive, Cemal, from Plymouth, said: "I want every parent to see this story, this can't happen again. We are suffering pain and we don't want any parents to have a similar feeling. We just wanted to share this to stop it happening again, to any other parents and any other children."

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Describing little Robin, Cemal said he "loved hugs" and was a "very cute and clever" little boy. "He was intelligent and his handwriting, he could write with both hands," he said. Robin adored his baby brother Renas and "would love to put him on his legs and rock him".

Atlantic Reach issued a short statement on social media following the incident yesterday. A post on their Facebook page read: "We have closed our Leisure Club for the remainder of this evening. We do apologise for this short notice.

Boy, 5, dies in swimming pool just one hour after arriving at UK holiday parkThe youngster had been on his way from his dad's side, to see his mum and baby brother when he sadly died (Cemal Caliskal)
Boy, 5, dies in swimming pool just one hour after arriving at UK holiday parkHis parents said due to 'low lighting' and 'barriers' they didn't immediately see what happened to the youngster (Cemal Caliskal)

"UPDATE to say that the Leisure Club will open as normal for gym & classes at 06:30 tomorrow (Tuesday 1st August) meanwhile the indoor pool will remain closed until at least 12 noon."

In a further statement, Atlantic Reach told the Mirror: "We do not feel it is appropriate to comment further at this stage, except to say our thoughts are with the family at this time. Atlantic Reach is committed to supporting our guests and community, as well as our team that provided immediate assistance. As such we respectfully ask that all those affected are given time and space at this distressing time.”

Meanwhile, police have confirmed it is investigating the incident, and working with representatives from Cornwall Council's health and safety team. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: "Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a child at a holiday park in Newquay. Police were informed by the ambulance service that a five-year-old boy had drowned in a swimming pool within Atlantic Reach Holiday Park, yesterday afternoon (Monday 31 July).

"The boy is from the Plymouth area and his next of kin are aware, the death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is to be prepared for the coroner. Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police along with representatives from Cornwall Council Health and Safety are undertaking enquiries in relation to the circumstances surrounding this death."

Katie Timms

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