Moving photo shows boy playing with his baby brother before he drowned

A father has shared the last photo taken of his five-year-old son playing with his baby brother moments before he tragically drowned in a pool.

Cemal Caliskan released the heart-breaking photo of his son Robin smiling to the camera next to his six-month-old sibling Renas.

Robin was staying with his family at Atlantic Reach holiday park in Newquay, Cornwall on the afternoon of July 31 when he got into difficulty and died in resort’s swimming pool.

Police said they have launched an investigation, and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

His parents, Cemal and Ferzane Caliskan, both aged 35, have since paid tribute to their “cute and clever” little boy, telling Cornwall Live they are “grateful” for all the support they have received since their son’s death.

They had only been at the Newquay holiday resort for around an hour on Monday when the tragedy struck.

Cemal has now shared two photographs of Robin on the day he died. In one picture, he is seen with six-month-old baby brother Renas in the swimming pool.

He is smiling to the camera as one of the parents holds up his sibling next to him.

Another photo shows him in a tent the family had pitched the same afternoon. Speaking to a local reporter about the circumstances of his son’s tragic death, Cemal alleged that low lighting and barriers meant they were unable to see he was in trouble.

The Atlantic Reach website states that the park does not employ lifeguards “at all times” and that “all swimmers must be accompanied by an adult (16+) swimmer at all times”.

Cemal also told of his anguish, and said: “I want every parent to see this story, this can’t happen again. We are suffering pain and we don’t want any parents to have a similar feeling. We just wanted to share this to stop it happening again, to any other parents and any other children.”

The parents, from Greenbank, Plymouth, said the schoolboy “loved hugs” and was a “very cute and clever” little boy. Robin adored his baby brother, and “would love to put him on his legs” and “rock him”.

Commenting on the incident and offering their condolences, the Mirror reports an Atlantic Reach spokesperson said: “We do not feel it is appropriate to comment further at this stage, except to say our thoughts are with the family at this time.

“Atlantic Reach is committed to supporting our guests and community, as well as our team that provided immediate assistance. As such we respectfully ask that all those affected are given time and space at this distressing time.”

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a child at a holiday park in Newquay. Police were informed by the ambulance service that a five-year-old boy had drowned in a swimming pool within Atlantic Reach Holiday Park, yesterday afternoon (Monday 31 July).

“The boy is from the Plymouth area and his next of kin are aware, the death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is to be prepared for the coroner. Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police along with representatives from Cornwall Council Health and Safety are undertaking enquiries in relation to the circumstances surrounding this death.”

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