Irish girl (15) drowns in hotel swimming pool in Crete

Ivan Schwartz
June 27, 2017

Laura Dempsey, 15, was on holiday with her parents in Crete when she drowned in a swimming pool on Sunday.

She was on holiday with her parents, in the village of Stalida, when she was found dead in the hotel swimming pool yesterday afternoon.

Her body has now been moved to a local hospital where a post mortem examination will be carried out.

Emergency services were contacted but efforts to resuscitate Laura, a pupil at Templecarrig Secondary School, were unsuccessful.

Local councillor Gerry Walsh said: "It is a shock to the community and it's a tragic loss of young life".

Laura Dempsey, from Greystones in Co Wicklow, was a 3rd year student in Temple Carrig School.

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Local Independent councillor Jennifer Whitmore, cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District, said the local community was "in shock".

"It's a very sad tragedy to hit the area. She was a member of the sailing club locally here".

"Laura was a junior member of our sailing club and she was a much loved member".

She was reportedly found by her parents.

"As a family they are a very pro-active family when it came to sports, in particular water sports, so out deepest condolences are with Nicki and John and the extended family at this awful time".

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed it was aware of the case and was providing consular assistance to the girl's family.

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