Tourists tried to save British man, 21, who drowned in Cyprus hotel pool


Tourists tried to save British man, 21, who drowned in Cyprus hotel pool… while ‘oblivious lifeguards were too far away to notice’

  • The tourist who was on holiday with his parents was found floating in hotel pool
  • The man was pulled out of the pool by guest at the King Evelthon Hotel who tried to revive him after the lifeguards allegedly failed to respond quickly 
  • He was pronounced dead in Paphos hospital and no foul play is suspected
  • Do you know the victim? Let us know, email: [email protected]

Horrified tourists desperately tried to save a British man who drowned in a hotel pool during a family holiday in Cyprus after lifeguards allegedly failed to act quickly. 

The 21-year-old, who has not been named, was found unconscious floating in the pool by guests, while the lifeguards were allegedly too far away to notice. 

The man was pulled from the pool by a guest at the five-star King Evelthon Hotel on the west coast of Cyprus at 6pm on Tuesday after he was spotted not moving in the water.

Guests desperately tried to revive the man with CPR – and the lifeguards only noticed the victim was unconscious after an entertainer screamed at them that the man had been pulled out of the pool, a witness told The Sun

The man was pulled from the pool by a guest at the five-star King Evelthon Hotel  (file image) on the west coast of Cyprus at 6pm on Tuesday after he was spotted not moving in the water

The man was pulled from the pool by a guest at the five-star King Evelthon Hotel  (file image) on the west coast of Cyprus at 6pm on Tuesday after he was spotted not moving in the water

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The witness, who was at the pool with his family at the time, said: ‘One of the entertainers ran down the stairs screaming to the lifeguards. She had to run past us to reach the lifeguards.

‘That’s when I saw the man being pulled out of the pool and someone performing CPR.’  

The lifeguards, who had been seen playing on their phones before the incident, ‘panicked’ when they were called to action, the British witness said. 

The source added: ‘My wife has a medical background so I told her to run over as she is well trained.

‘The entertainer told the lifeguards someone had just been pulled out of the pool. They looked flustered, they were slow, they were lacklustre, it was really really bad.

‘One of them ran back and grabbed the defibrillator and went over there. It is atrocious.’ 

The lifeguards eventually performed CPR on the man and tried to revive him at the edge of the pool while they awaited paramedics. 

Guests desperately tried to revive the man with CPR - and the lifeguards only noticed the victim was unconscious after an entertainer screamed at them that the man had been pulled out of the pool, a witness said (file image of the pool)

Guests desperately tried to revive the man with CPR – and the lifeguards only noticed the victim was unconscious after an entertainer screamed at them that the man had been pulled out of the pool, a witness said (file image of the pool)

The source added: ‘From where they sit they would not be able to see what’s happening, it’s a good 100 metres away.

‘They were just two lads probably in their early 20s if that and they didn’t seem geared up for the job.’

The man failed to regain consciousness and he was rushed by ambulance to Paphos General Hospital.

He was intubated and admitted to the intensive care unit before he was pronounced dead at 9pm yesterday.

The man failed to regain consciousness and he was rushed by ambulance to Paphos General Hospital (pictured) where he died

The man failed to regain consciousness and he was rushed by ambulance to Paphos General Hospital (pictured) where he died

Another holidaymaker said it was ‘heartbreaking’ to watch people desperately try to revive the man. 

She said: ‘It really was heartbreaking to watch. They were working on him for ages but didn’t get anywhere.

‘The poor woman that found him is in a right state bless her.’

The Briton was on holiday with his parents at the time. 

Paphos (pictured) is a city on the southwestern coast of Cyprus and is a popular tourist resort, particular in the Kato Paphos area where the family were staying

Paphos (pictured) is a city on the southwestern coast of Cyprus and is a popular tourist resort, particular in the Kato Paphos area where the family were staying

An autopsy will be carried out today to determine the cause of death after the tragic incident.

Police have already ruled out the possibility of any criminal activity.

Paphos is a city on the southwestern coast of Cyprus and is a popular tourist resort, particular in the Kato Paphos area where the family were staying.

A Foreign Office spokesperson told The Sun: ‘We are providing consular support to the family of a British national who has died in Cyprus.’

MailOnline has contacted The King Evelthon Hotel for comment.

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