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Toddler drowned in garden's pool

Dylon Booth
Dylon Booth died in hospital a few days after the accident

A two-year-old boy who fell into a temporary pool in a Lincolnshire garden died accidentally, a coroner has ruled.

Dylon Booth fell into the play pool in Winthorpe, near Skegness, while being supervised by his mother's friends on 4 July, the Horncastle hearing was told.

He was taken to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre where he died five days later in intensive care.

After the hearing Dylon's mother, Emma Booth, told reporters her son's death could have been avoided.

She said: "If anybody is thinking of putting up a paddling pool of any type, before it's put it up they must [look at] the safety precautions.

"If they haven't got the money to do it, don't put the pool up. It's not worth the risk.

"And if you do, you must supervise at all times, because I've lost my little boy - and it's an accident that could have been prevented."

Safety instructions

The hearing was told how Dylon was taken to hospital after being found lying face down in the pool, which measured 12ft (3.7m) across.

A post-mortem examination showed he had died from drowning.

Coroner's officer Neil Jones said: "The coroner doesn't want to criticise the family or anybody involved in this case at all, but there are lessons to be learned.

"The manufacturer of this pool did issue a very impressive document that outlined the safety measures that should be taken.

"And the coroner would like to emphasise that those instructions should be followed at all times and may well have prevented this tragedy."

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