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Boy found dead in pool could not swim and had no armbands on

Logan Joyce
Logan Joyce

An inquiry has found that a 4-year-old boy who drowned at the National Aquatic Centre had not been wearing armbands and was unable to swim.

Logan Joyce, of Wotton Bridge, Ashbourne Road, Co Dublin, was found floating in the Lazy River section of the Aquazone at 6.30pm on Sunday July 22, 2012.

"I called his name, asking him to come back," his father Michael Joyce said.

Little Logan had gone to the National Aquatic Centre with his father, brother Brandon and sister Crystal.

Mr Joyce wept in the witness box as details of his youngest child's death were read out.

"The three kids were very excited. The four of us went into the Aquazone and the two older ones went ahead. Logan saw a blue slide and asked can we go down together. We had to go down one at a time. Logan was up and down a few times," he said.

Mr Joyce left his children playing on the slides and went to use a surfboard 25 feet away. He then went around the Lazy River attraction - a 120-metre feature with a depth of 1.2 metres and a current running at two miles per hour - with his daughter.

"The water was chest height and there was a current. I didn't like it," he said.

Des Sheridan was at the pool with his two children. He said Logan approached his daughter and asked about her armbands.

"He said his brother had his armbands and that he was learning to swim. I said, 'You are not to get into the water on your own'. He said he wouldn't," Mr Sheridan said.

Mr Sheridan was standing near the slides when he saw Logan floating face down in the Lazy River.

He jumped in and alerted the lifeguards.

CCTV footage monitoring the Lazy River was not operational on the day, investigating officer Sgt Joseph Delaney said.

"From the available facts it would appear he made his way all the way around the Lazy River," Sgt Delaney said.

Logan was pronounced dead as a result of cardiac arrest due to drowning. The inquest was adjourned until November 27.