Dozens of guests, including a three-year-old child, were rushed to hospital following a chemical leak at a holiday resort swimming pool.
A probe has now been launched in an attempt to establish what caused the incident at the Wild Duck Holiday Park near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk on June 21.
Lifeguards evacuated the pool and alerted the emergency services at around 2.30pm after swimmers began complaining about breathing difficulties, coughing and itching eyes.
‘Guests taken to three hospitals’
Nearly 40 people were treated at the scene by paramedics with 33 of them taken to hospital, Haven Holidays spokesman Tom Cassidy said. None of the casualties are thought to be in a serious condition.
The investigation is set to include the involvement of the Health and Safety Executive , the police, local council and the fire and rescue service.
Mr Cassidy said the incident had been caused by a chemical leak, thought to be chlorine, in the pool at the park’s entertainment complex.
He said the complex had been evacuated as the emergency services made their way to the holiday park, which is located in woodland at Belton and run by Haven Holidays.
Staff from the resort accompanied stricken guests to the hospitals with some patients able to return in the evening.
An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said 38 people, including both children and adults, had been assessed at the scene with 29 of them taken for further checks at Ipswich Hospital and Great Yarmouth’s James Paget Hospital.
Mr Cassidy said everything would be looked into during the investigation before an official report was compiled.
Date Published: June 23, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown