‘Adventurous’ boy, four, drowned after sneaking into adults-only swimming pool on Thomas Cook family holiday to Egypt, inquest hears

  • Isaac Webster, 4, was holidaying at a Red Sea resort with his parents and brother
  • Youngster is said to have swam into the adult’s only swimming pool in Hurghada
  • Mother Kelly alerted life guards but then found her boy’s lifeless floating body

A four-year-old boy drowned in an Egyptian hotel swimming pool after getting through a gap in a barrier which separated the children’s and adult’s zones.

‘Adventurous’ Isaac Webster was on holiday with parents Kelly and Andy, along with brother Leo in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

The youngster, from Great Sankey in Warrington, was initially playing in the children’s pool, but somehow made his way into the section for grown-ups.

An undated family photo shows the smiling ‘adventurous’ four-year-old, Isaac Webster, at his family home in Great Sankey, Warrington

Isaac Webster, four, (pictured with mother Kelly) drowned in a tragic swimming accident after he sneaked into an adults-only pool during a Thomas Cook family holiday in Egypt in 2017, an inquest found today 

Four-year-old Isaac Webster from Warrington died after a ‘tragic accident’ while on holiday in Egypt with parents Kelly and Andy in 2017 

When his mum realised she couldn’t find him, almost three years ago, on April 19, 2017, she anxiously alerted a nearby lifeguard.

Together they searched the area, but distraught Kelly then saw her child floating in the water.

He was rushed from the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel, which Thomas Cook said they did not own or control, to hospital after 20 minutes of CPR by staff.

At the Nile Hospital, Isaac revealed signs he was improving, as he was placed on a ventilator, still seriously ill.

Isaac is pictured with his father, Andrew Webster, in an undated family photo. Shortly after his death, Isaac’s heartbroken dad posted a photograph of his son and said: ‘Our little adventure boy sadly passed away this morning at 10.15 UK time’

The following day, his condition dangerously dipped with a severe chest infection and difficulties controlling his temperature.

Isaac died the next day.

In hospital, the family were visited by officials from the British Embassy and Egyptian Police.

Alan Moore, Cheshire’s senior coroner, sitting in Warrington today, described Isaac as a ‘fit, healthy and very active four-year-old’.

Isaac is pictured in another undated family photo. When mum Kelly realised she couldn’t find the youngster, almost three years ago, on April 19, 2017, she anxiously alerted a nearby lifeguard but found his floating body shortly after

Isaac is pictured on the shoulders of his heartbroken father, Andrew Webster, in an undated family photograph

He added: ‘It’s likely he’d made his way between the two pools through the gap in the barrier.’

The cause of death was recorded as respiratory failure due to drowning. Following the tragedy, devastated friends and family managed to quickly raise £11,000, more than double its original £5,000 target.

It was set up by Sankey Strikes – a Warrington Junior Football Club – where Isaac’s older brother Leo played for the Under 8 squad.

The website was set up to help raise funds to bring Isaac’s body home and  pay for funeral costs and bills for the bereaved family.

At the time, Isaac’s heartbroken dad posted a photograph of his son and said: ‘Our little adventure boy sadly passed away this morning at 10.15 UK time.’

The day before he posted a picture of him playing in the garden, saying: ‘Me, Kelly and Leo want to say a huge thanks to everybody for their kind thoughts and prayers for Isaac.’

Before his death, Isaac’s sister Millie also wrote: ‘Please take some time to think and pray for my gorgeous little brother Isaac who is critical and on life support in Egypt.

‘I love you so much.’

 

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