Naming the boy as his son Robin Caliskan, his father Cemal Caliskan told Cornwall Live he was “cute and clever” and "loved hugs”, adding: “He was intelligent and his handwriting, he could write with both hands.” He said Robin adored his six-month-old brother Renas and "would love to put him on his legs and rock him".
The family had arrived at the resort for their holiday just an hour before the incident. They had all pitched their tent then gone for a swim together, with Mr Caliskan taking pictures of his wife, Ferzane, and their two children only minutes before Robin died. The five-year-old had left his father in the main pool to see his mother and brother in the baby pool but got into difficulty along the way.
Mr Caliskan, of Plymouth, 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.”
Devon and Cornwall Police along with Cornwall Council are investigating the circumstances surrounding the boy’s death, which is not being treated as suspicious.
The holiday park, which closed for the remainder of Monday evening following the incident, said that its “thoughts are with the family at this time”.
It added: “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.”
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