Children rushed to hospital due to ‘chemical leak in swimming pool’


Three children were taken to hospital (Picture: GregHughes2 / highlandradio)

A large number of children have reportedly been taken ill at an Irish leisure centre due to a suspected chemical leak in the swimming pool.

Several emergency services vehicles were seen outside the Aura Leisure Centre, in Letterkenny, Donegal, shortly after 12pm.

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Three children were rushed to hospital, while another 50 to 60 were treated on site after the incident, Donegal Daily reports.

One mother told the publication how her son had been diving in when they first spotted a ‘dark fluid’ coming into the pool under the water.

She said: ‘Kids were screaming and running around. Some dark brown fluid came in the pool and the staff took them out.

Emergency services were called at 12pm (North West Newspix)
The area is now closed off to the public (Picture: North West Newspix)

‘Kids were sick, coughing and vomiting. The kids were all shaking and scared.’

Around 100 people were evacuated from the leisure centre.

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The mother said she was told to go home with her children, but said others were taken to hospital.

Their conditions are not believed to be life-threatening.

The area has now been closed off to the public and Gardaí are assisting with traffic at the scene.

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