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Parents of drowned boy demanding answers from hotel

The parents of a five-year-old boy from Northern Ireland who drowned in a swimming pool on a visit to Disneyland Paris are demanding answers from the hotel where they were staying.

Karen Canning and David Bradley, the boy’s parents, told reporters how their young son Colum Canning fell into the swimming pool at the Thomas Cook-owned Explorers Hotel last week. They are demanding to know from the hotel management why there wasn’t a lifeguard on duty.

The family said that Colum suffered from autism. He and his twin brother, Kieran, were to celebrate their birthday on the day after Christmas.

The couple said that they struggled through the past few days – and Christmas – caring for Kieran and his seven-year-old sister, Caitlin. They now have to face Colum’s burial on Saturday.

“Colum was just a typical wee boy who was so happy, so loving and so full of energy,” a statement issued by the couple said. “Although he suffered from autism he was such a smart child, a real thinker who may not have been able to communicate like others but certainly knew everything that was going on.”

It went on to day: “Christmas was always such a special time for us, and the children were so excited at this time of year, with the boys celebrating their birthday on St Stephen’s Day.”

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