MP and MEP join family’s battle for safer holidays

Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue, Gavin Aspinall and Emma Hollingsworth and MEP Afzal Khan
Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue, Gavin Aspinall and Emma Hollingsworth and MEP Afzal Khan

THE family of a Wigan toddler, who tragically drowned while on holiday, has launched a campaign to make it mandatory for hotels to follow strict safety regulations.

Loui Aspinall died last September after encountering trouble while in the swimming pool at the Houda Golf and Beach Resort in Skanes, Tunisia.

To further add to the family’s devastation, the lack of safety precautions surrounding the two-year-old’s death has been a constant source of torment.

There were no lifeguards on duty at the time, nor did the hotel supply the relevant first aid to give their son the best chance of survival.

Loui got into trouble after only very briefly going out of his parents’ eyesight.

Now his parents, Gavin Aspinall and Emma Hollingsworth have enrolled the help of Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue and MEP Afzal Khan to launch a campaign that will see much stricter safety precautions set out across Europe.

Currently, there are no EU-level regulations to set minimum safety levels for tourism accommodation safety.

Ms Fovargue said: “This is really important. When people book holidays they just assume safety regulations are in place.

“As we have learnt with this tragic story, that is sadly not the case and must be changed. We need to make sure that standards are set Europe-wide.

“With Afzal’s help we want this to be a priority in the new European parliament.”

Gavin and Emma were horrified to learn at their son’s inquest that little had been done at the hotel to rectify the matter.

Emma said: “Since it happened to us, there have been similar incidents with two other children.

“They were just in the last few weeks. We need this to be changed quickly.”

Gavin added: “People don’t expect to be in this situation so don’t think to check safety measures before travelling.

“It’s not something highlighted in brochures, it needs to become a priority because it isn’t at the moment.”

Mr Khan is firmly behind the family’s campaign and believes there is evidence to suggest implementing European-wide regulations would have a benefit.

He has now sent a number of questions to the president of the European Council.

Pointing out that drowning is the second cause of death for children in the EU, he has asked: “What preventative measures have the EC implemented in order in order to tackle child drowning in pools whilst holiday making in hotels as well as private residences?”

He has also asked about implementing new regulations as well as lifeguard training.

Following Loui’s death last year, the family launched a petition to make it mandatory to have lifeguards on constant duty as well as having correct safety measures at pools in the UK and abroad.

That can be signed online by visiting the website