TWO children aged three and four have drowned within hours of each other in swimming pools in Spain.
The deaths are the latest in a string of similar tragedies to have hit the country in recent weeks.
The first incident happened at a pool in the town of Pilar de la Horadada in the southeastern coastal area of Costa Blanca.
A three-year-old boy was discovered in the water by another child, aged six and believed to be a relative, at around 9pm on Thursday.
The child alerted his parents and emergency responders attended the scene.
They then spent almost an hour trying to save the boy’s life but he was later pronounced dead.
The youngster was French.
The incident happened just hours after a four-year-old boy who was rescued from a pool at a water park in Tarragona 300 miles north, lost his fight for life in hospital.
The youngster had been admitted to the city’s Joan XXIII Hospital on Sunday.
He was assisted after being pulled out of a pool at the Aquopolis Costa Dorada near Salou as the water park was about to close on Sunday.
Lifeguards kept him alive before an ambulance arrived to take him to hospital.
His condition had been described as “critical”.
Hospital chiefs confirmed on Thursday morning the youngster, who came from the Catalan city of Lleida, had died.
Police are investigating both tragedies.
The Pilar de la Horadada drowning is the fourth in a month in a Costa Blanca swimming pool which has claimed the life of a young child.
Three, including the latest, occurred in an area known as the Vega Baja.
On July 29, a Dutch girl aged four drowned at a pool in Calpe north of Benidorm at the northern end of the famous stretch of coastline.
On August 5, a four-year-old Belgian boy was found floating in a pool at a relative’s house in the Brit-popular area of Ciudad Quesada near Torrevieja, where his parents had made a stopover.
They had only arrived hours earlier and were due to stay the night before continuing to Castellon further north.
Local reports said one one of his relatives, described as a nurse, jumped into the pool to pull him out and emergency responders spent nearly 45 minutes trying to revive him without success.
On August 9, a two-year-old boy drowned at his parents’ holiday villa in nearby La Zenia.
His body was discovered by his teenage sister.
The French family had only just arrived at the villa two days before the tragedy.
Initial reports at the time pointed to the boy, one of five children, drowning after leaving the villa unnoticed while the rest of the family was inside.