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Irish girl (6) critical after getting into difficulty while swimming

Triq Malta, Ghajnsielem
Triq Malta, Ghajnsielem

A six-year-old Irish girl is in critical condition after getting into trouble while swimming in Malta.

The girl was swimming in a pool at a private property in Triq Malta, Ghajnsielem at around 5.30pm on Tuesday when she got into difficulty.

The Malta Police Force said in a statement: "Preliminary investigations by the Gozo Police revealed that at about 1730hrs the girl had found herself in difficulty while swimming in a pool.

"She was given first aid by family members until an ambulance arrived on site and conveyed her to the Gozo General Hospital.

"Later, the six-year-old was certified as suffering from serious injuries.

"A Magisterial Inquiry has been appointed into the case whilst Police investigations are still underway."

A police spokeswoman confirmed to Independent.ie that the child is in critical condition in intensive care.

Experts will be appointed to assist the magisterial inquiry as is standard practice when a serious accident occurs.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that they are aware of the case and stand ready to provide consular assistance.

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Laura Larkin