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Child drowns in pool

A five-year-old Portuguese boy drowned in a pool at a private residence near Monte Francisco in the municipality of Castro Marim on December 29.

According to Lusa news agency, the child was removed from the pool by his parents and taken to the Vila Real de Santo António fire fighters, from where he was transferred to the local health centre.

A spokesperson from the health centre said: “The death of the child was confirmed and there was nothing that could have been done to save the boy.”