THE body of a young child has been discovered in an irrigation pool in an area of greenhouses in the Matagorda area of El Ejido.
The Andalucia 112 emergency service reported that a member of the public got in contact at lunchtime on Friday to report they had recovered the body of a little girl from the pool, and that believed she could have drowned.
Guardia Civil, Local Police and the EPES Health Emergencies Public Company were immediately mobilised.
Police confirmed the child was dead, but provided no information about the child’s identity.
Spanish press have however reported that the little girl could be as young as just three or four years old.
On Saturday press said an autopsy had confirmed the little girl’s death was “asphyxiation due to submersion”, or in other words drowning.
El Ejido Mayor Franciso Gongora meanwhile issued a message expressing his sadness at tragic loss of life of the child.
In a message posted on social media on Friday Gongora sent his condolences to the family, but at the same time called for caution while the Guardia Civil are working to investigate the circumstances which led to the little girl’s death.
“It is a tragedy which has saddened us all and there are no words of consolation for her loved ones”, the Mayor commented.
“The Guardia Civil have now opened an investigation to clear up the facts as soon as possible.”