British girl drowns in Egyptian hotel pool

London five-year-old Chloe Johnson dies in water park of Coral Sea Waterworld hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh

A five-year-old girl from south London has drowned in a hotel pool at an Egyptian resort in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Chloe Johnson, from Forest Hill in south London, died in a water park at the Coral Sea Waterworld hotel while on a family holiday.

Her grandmother told Sky News on Saturday that the family was devastated by her death.

A spokeswoman for the travel company First Choice said: “First Choice can sadly confirm that a child has died while staying at the Coral Sea Waterworld hotel in Egypt. The incident occurred in a pool in the hotel’s water park.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this extremely difficult time. The British consulate were immediately informed and they are now working with our dedicated resort team in Egypt, to offer every assistance possible to the family in resort.

“In partnership with the hotelier, our resort team are working to understand how the incident occurred, and we will be carrying out a full and thorough investigation. At this time our priority is to provide support to the family.”

A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed the death of a British national and said it was providing consular assistance.

A spokesman said: “We are aware of the death of a British national in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt on 17 May. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”

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