The parents of a “talented, witty and cuddly” Catholic schoolboy who drowned while on holiday in Lanzarote have told an inquest how there were no lifeguards on duty when he was found at the bottom of the swimming pool.
Apollo Badran, seven, from Southsea, Hampshire, was on holiday with his paternal grandmother and aunt and his siblings at the H10 Lanzarote Gardens when he suddenly disappeared on the first day of their trip on 26th May 2017.
An inquest at Portsmouth heard that the youngster, a popular Year 2 pupil at St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School in Southsea, Hampshire, was spotted a short while later in the deep end of the pool by a fellow guest, a British police officer, and her husband pulled him out.
A nurse, also staying at the hotel, then gave Apollo CPR before he was taken to hospital on Lanzarote before he was later transferred to another hospital on Gran Canaria.
He was placed in an induced coma but died on 30th May.
“What we have found from all the information is there were no lifeguards to be seen,” said Apollo’s mother, Annelies Denecker.
“When they finally arrived 10 minutes later they did not quite know what to do,” she added.
A post-mortem examination in the UK found that Apollo died of cardiac arrest.
Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner David Horsley said the information from the Spanish authorities was “sketchy”.
He said: “The most feasible explanation is that this is some sort dreadful accident that has happened. He has gone into the water. Suddenly, he has not been seen.
“There were supposed to be lifeguards there that weren’t there. That is a matter for the Spanish authorities to taken criminal action if that is a criminal act in Spain.
“If they were meant to be there it’s tragic they weren’t as it could have reversed the situation.”
Picture: Apollo Badran. (Family handout/PA).