Chlorine leak drama at swimming pool

STEVE DOWNES Dozens of people, including a four-month-old baby, suffered side-effects including vomiting and breathlessness today after a chlorine leak at a holiday park swimming pool.

STEVE DOWNES

Dozens of people, including a four-month-old baby, suffered side-effects including vomiting and breathlessness today after a chlorine leak at a holiday park swimming pool.

Nine ambulances were called from across Norfolk and Suffolk to treat people who had been swimming at Seashore Holiday Park on North Drive in Yarmouth.

Fourteen adults and children were taken to hospital, while dozens more people were treated by paramedics at the park.

The drama unfolded just after 5pm when chlorine was accidentally released into the pool complex housing up to 100 swimmers.

Thirteen patients were originally taken to hospital, including young children and one grandmother, while the four-month-old baby was taken to the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston by its parents.

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Another child was taken to hospital with skin soreness after an ambulance was called back to the park early in the evening. A male paramedic also suffered nausea and a sore throat.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “It was a very unpleasant scene, with adults and children vomiting and having trouble breathing, but the treatment was co-ordinated extremely well and hopefully all of the patients are now feeling much better.”

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