Dad of boy who drowned at holiday park wants full investigation into son's death

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Robin Caliskan, five, died in a swimming pool at Atlantic Reach holiday park in Cornwall (Image: Cemal Caliskan/BPM MEDIA)
Robin Caliskan, five, died in a swimming pool at Atlantic Reach holiday park in Cornwall (Image: Cemal Caliskan/BPM MEDIA)

The father of a boy who drowned in a holiday park swimming pool has demanded a full investigation into his son's death.

Robin Caliskan, five, died after getting into trouble in a pool at Atlantic Reach holiday park in Cornwall on Monday. The youngster and his family had arrived at the park with parents Ferzane and Cemal Caliskan, and their six-month-old baby, Renas just half an hour before the tragic incident.

Police confirmed they are investigating the death, which is not being treated as suspicious, and are working with the local council's health and safety board to probe Robin's death. Earlier this week, dad Cemal alleged to local media that low lighting and barriers meant the parents were unable to see their son was in trouble, and said his shock death had left them "suffering pain".

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He is now calling for a "full investigation" into the circumstances of Robin's death, telling the BBC that he believed there were a "lot of unanswered questions about why Robin died". He added: "Robin died in front of our eyes... I just cannot accept it at all".

The parents, from Greenbank, Plymouth, earlier told of how the schoolboy "loved hugs" and was a "very cute and clever" little boy. Robin also doted after his baby brother, and "would love to put him on his legs" and "rock him".

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A Devon and Cornwall Police investigation is ongoing, and a spokesperson said on Tuesday: "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."

The Atlantic Reach website states the holiday park does not employ lifeguards "at all times" and that "all swimmers must be accompanied by an adult (16+) swimmer at all times".

A statement issued on behalf of the resort said: "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."

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