A six-year-old Irish girl is in critical condition in hospital after she got into difficulty while swimming on holiday in Malta.
The incident took place at a private residence at Triq Malta, Ghajnsielem on the island of Gozo.
Malta police said the girl “found herself in difficulty while swimming in a pool” at around 5.30pm local time on Tuesday.
Family members administered first aid on the girl until an ambulance arrived and took her to Gozo General Hospital.
A spokesperson for Malta Police said the girl remains in critical condition.
A Magisterial Inquiry has been established to look into the case, while police investigations are underway, which is standard procedure in such circumstances.
A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said it is aware of the case and is ready to provide consular assistance if requested.
However, a spokesperson for Malta Police told the Irish Examiner the girl and her family live in England and were on holiday in Malta at the time of the incident.
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