A TWO-year-old girl from Ludlow found dead in a swimming pool while holidaying in Spain, had been told by her parents not to get in without her water wings on, an inquest heard.
South Shropshire deputy coroner Andrew Barker described the drowning of Isabella May Crump as a ‘tragedy’ and told her devastated parents they would probably never know how she came to be in the water.
An inquest at Bridgnorth heard the toddler, known as Izzy, had been on holiday with her parents Deborah Ridgeway and Patrick Crump and her older sister, who was four.
The family flew out for a week-long holiday in August last year to stay with Miss Ridgeway’s grandparents, Arthur and Thelma Keeley, who owned a villa in San Miguel de Salinas, near Torrevieja, Alicante. The family had spent most of August 8, the day before they were due to return home, in the 25ft villa swimming pool basking in 39C (102F) heat.
Mr Crump, 38, said he and his eldest daughter went inside while Izzy got on a sun lounger for a cuddle with her mother.
He said: “The programme we were watching had finished and I said ‘I will go and see what Debs and Izzy are doing’.
“I saw Debs on the sun lounger, facing away from the water, and Izzy in the pool.”
“Izzy knew she was not supposed to go into the pool without her water wings (armbands),” Mr Crump added. “We drilled it into both of the girls, because water can be so dangerous.”
ME sufferer Miss Ridgeway said it was Izzy’s first holiday abroad and that she ‘absolutely loved’ the water.
“Both of them were told not to go near the pool unless either me or Pat was with them and they were wearing armbands.”
A post-mortem revealed the two-year-old had died as a result of drowning. Deputy coroner Mr Barker, recorded a verdict of accidental death. He said: “This is a most upsetting case.
“Clearly she was playing in and around the pool, and appeared to understand she was not allowed in the pool without at least one of her parents or without armbands. Exactly how it was she ended up in the pool will, I regret to say, never be known.”