Boy hospitalised after becoming trapped in pool suction grid at Almeria water park

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TRAPPED: Visitors enjoying a day out at Mario water park in Almeria ©Parque Acuatico Mario Park/Facebook

A CHILD has been in hospital for three days with serious injuries to his buttock after being sucked into a pool suction tube at an Almeria waterpark.

The boy was visiting the attraction on a family outing last Saturday when he became lodged to one of the pool walls, his father told.

He heard his son screaming and went to help, accompanied by a lifeguard.

But the pair were unable to free the youngster – who reportedly lost consciousness several times while trapped – until the pool’s engines were stopped 10 minutes later, the family said.

An ambulance crew arrived at the waterpark and took the child to Almeria’s Torrecardenas hospital.

Medics continue to treat the boy with anti-inflammatories and painkillers.

And hospital staff want carry out an ultrasound to explore the tissue damage, but the buttock’s swelling and severe bruising is preventing it, according to medical sources.

The family claims management at Mario water park in Roquetas del Mar have made no attempt to contact them since the incident.

Management have since released a statement saying they “regretted” the incident which they claimed was the result of “suction protection grid repairs.”

“The facilities meet all safety conditions and the park’s staff work very hard to ensure our users’ safety,” the statement read.

The victim’s father called Local Police after the event but it remains unclear whether a legal or criminal case has been opened.

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