Young boy dies at Center Parcs in Longleat ‘after falling ill at park’s sub-tropical indoor pool’

A young boy has died at Center Parcs after suddenly being ‘taken ill’ while playing at the holiday park’s sub-tropical indoor pool.   

Familes having fun in the water watched in horror as staff rushed to the stricken boy, who had been playing with three other children at the park in Longleat, Wiltshire on Saturday, August 17.

Center Parcs said desperate attempts to resuscitate him were in vain and he failed to respond. The park added that it was ‘deeply saddened by the tragic news.’

Dozens of shocked families were splashing around in the pool ‘paradise’ when it happened, leaving them ‘upset and anxious’ during their break.

Familes having fun in the water watched in horror as staff rushed to the stricken boy, who had been playing with three other children (pictured, the sub-tropical paradise at Center Parcs in Longleat, Wiltshire)

Familes having fun in the water watched in horror as staff rushed to the stricken boy, who had been playing with three other children (pictured, the sub-tropical paradise at Center Parcs in Longleat, Wiltshire)

Familes having fun in the water watched in horror as staff rushed to the stricken boy, who had been playing with three other children (pictured, the sub-tropical paradise at Center Parcs in Longleat, Wiltshire)

One eye witness, who watched it unfold, said: ‘It was reported to us that sadly a child had passed away. There had been some very intense resuscitation attempts by staff.

‘I have been shocked and surprised that no acknowledgment or information was given by Center Parcs.

‘Everyone was very upset and anxious about the pool area. Center Parcs did not even acknowledge the event anywhere.’  

The complex of self-catering villas, pools, shops, a boating lake and sports centre in Longleat Forest at Warminster is packed with thousands of families during the summer holidays.

In a statement, Center Parcs said: ‘We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that a young guest passed away after becoming unwell whilst at Longleat Forest.

‘Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. We are continuing to offer our support to the family and to our employees who provided immediate assistance.

‘In accordance with the family’s wishes for privacy at this difficult time, we will not be providing any further detail or comment.’

In a statement, Center Parcs said it was 'deeply saddened' by the death of the young boy on Saturday, August 17 (pictured, the sub-tropical paradise at Longleat in Wiltshire)

In a statement, Center Parcs said it was 'deeply saddened' by the death of the young boy on Saturday, August 17 (pictured, the sub-tropical paradise at Longleat in Wiltshire)

In a statement, Center Parcs said it was ‘deeply saddened’ by the death of the young boy on Saturday, August 17 (pictured, the sub-tropical paradise at Longleat in Wiltshire) 

Center Parcs opened its Longleat Forest holiday village in 1997 and now operates five short break holiday villages in the UK and one in Ireland.

The company came to the UK in July 1987, when it opened its first village in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, offering short break holidays on a year-round basis.

The Center Parcs concept is to provide short breaks in the forest, bringing families together and back to nature with high quality accommodation.

It offers a range of leisure facilities and more than 200 indoor and outdoor activities, all set within a protected and enhanced woodland environment.

Each village is set within around 400 acres of natural woodland, with trees, streams and wildlife surrounding apartment and lodge accommodation.

At the heart of each village is the Sub-Tropical Swimming Paradise, an extensive range of restaurants, cafés and retail outlets, as well as the Aqua Sana Spa.

**Do you know the family or did you see what happened? Email james.wood@mailonline.co.uk or call 0203 615 2574**

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