Brit boy, 14, dies while swimming at luxury Turkish resort

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A 14-year-old British boy has died during a family holiday in Turkey.

The teenager drowned in the pool at the Liberty Lara Beach hotel on Sunday.

He was swimming with his aunt during a family wedding trip.

The hotel has denied that no lifeguards were on duty at the time, despite witness claims.

The identity of the boy and his family have not yet been revealed.

According to The Sun, a witness said: "This happened at around 1pm and we heard the lifeguard had gone for his lunch.

"They tried very hard to revive the boy at the side of the pool but it was too late. It’s so sad, particularly when you consider they were there for such a happy reason."

The holiday was booked via Tui, and a spokesman said: "We are aware of the tragic incident at the Liberty Lara in Turkey and our thoughts are with the family. Our team in resort is currently supporting the family and we will continue to assist in whatever way we can.

"The safety and wellbeing of our customers is our primary concern and our dedicated resort team is supporting the authorities and hotel with their investigations."

And a spokesman for the hotel told The Sun: "At this moment in time, our prayers and thoughts go out to the family and loved ones who are currently residing in our hotel.

“The sad, tragic loss of a young life is both devastating and shattering for the family, close relatives and loved ones.

"Out of respect for the family, we would like to refrain from making any comment about the incident until we receive the outcome of the autopsy.”

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