Heartbreak as Blackrock boy drowns in Caribbean

by Emma Nolan

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD Blackrock boy has died after drowning in a pool in the Caribbean.
Finn McCarthy and his parents, Tony and Sinead McCarthy, had just moved to Puerto Rico in August for work.
The incident occurred in the Palm Real housing complex in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on Saturday, August 27 at around 3pm local time.
Puerto Rican police said they are treating the incident as a tragedy.
A statement on their Facebook page said: “A call to the 911 system alerted authorities to a drowned minor at this address.
“Upon arrival, units from Guaynabo District found the body of Finn McCarthy Reyes, aged four, drowned in the swimming pool area.
“The alarm had been raised by Anthony McCarthy, a resident in the complex and father of the boy.
“Units from Guaynabo District, together with Caguas CID and social services, are investigating the incident.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are aware of the case and are providing consular assistance.
The tragic news comes as a 12-year-old Balbriggan boy died after being rescued from drowning in Barcelona last week.
Craig Williams died after getting into difficulties in his hotel pool at the Costa Brava resort of Lloret de Mar.
The 12-year-old from Temple Ville was on holidays in Spain with his mother, Lorraine, and his sister, Zoe, 14, and a number of relatives.
He was airlifted to hospital in Barcelona where medics fought to save his life, but he died in intensive care four days later.
It is thought that Craig may have suffered an epileptic fit while swimming in the pool.
Devastated school friends and pals from Balbriggan 34th/161st Scouts are expected to turn out in force for his funeral at St Peter and Paul’s Church.
In a statement posted online, the scout troop wrote: “It is with a broken heart that we learned that our fantastic Cub Scout Craig Williams has passed away in a tragic accident whilst on holiday with his family.
“He was truly a great Cub and a pleasure to have with us as part of our group, a young gentleman. A Scout that will stay in our hearts forever.”

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