Thursday, 1 Oct 2020

Carlton Meres Holiday Park chemical leak: Two children rushed to hospital after swimming

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Another two children and two adults were treated by paramedics after the leak at Carlton Meres Holiday Park. Swimmers complained of breathing difficulties at the pool, which first prompted the alarm.

Ambulance and six fire crews were called to the incident at about 3pm yesterday, with medics attending to the six people in need of medical attention. 

A Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said fire crews found there had been a leak of sodium hypochlorite – a commonly used pool cleaner.

A spokesman for Park Holidays said: “We are currently undertaking an internal investigation at Carlton Meres Holiday Park as to how a small quantity of excess chlorine was discharged into the park’s swimming pool whilst it was in use by holiday guests.

“The amount introduced into the water is not believed to have been sufficient to have posed any serious risk to those present.”

The spokesman said the children were taken to hospital for assessment as “a precautionary measure.”

He added: “We are sorry for any distress caused to those involved and for the interruption made to guests’ holidays.”

The pool at the Suffolk holiday resort only opened last year, following a £2.5million redevelopment. 

Carlton Meres is part of Park Holidays UK which has 31 holiday parks across southern England.

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