A British boy, three, has drowned in Thailand after falling into a pool at a water park in front of his family.

Bobby Watson was at the Blue Tree Water Park, in Phuket, with his brother Billy, seven, and parents William and Sumitra, 35, during Sunday afternoon.

His mother told police he had been running around by the water when he slipped and fell into the landing area of a flume.

Lifeguards tried to rescue the toddler and performed CPR on him by the poolside before an ambulance arrived.

The boy was then rushed to Thalang Hospital, but later died despite medics’ efforts.

Those at the scene described Bobby’s parents, who run a diving company in Phuket, as ‘very upset’ and said they had been ‘crying uncontrollably’ after the incident.

Police Captain Yanpatr Malai, from the Thalong district station, said: ‘They could not believe their son was gone.’

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Officers had received a call from the water park at around 4.30pm to say that a young boy was unconscious after falling into a pool, which was around 120cm deep.

They described seeing many ‘shocked’ tourists gathered around the edge of the water.

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Police Captain Yanpatr added: ‘The staff said that the boy had been brought from the bottom of the pool in an unconscious state.

‘He was given treatment at the scene and taken to hospital but died later.’

In a statement, Blue Tree Water Park, which opened last year, said they were ‘deeply distressed’ by Bobby’s death.

They continued: ‘A three-year-old boy wandered into the Landing Pool area of the busy slide area this afternoon.

‘He stumbled and fell under water after which he was spotted by one of the lifeguards on duty who came to his immediate assistance.

‘He was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and rushed to Talang Hospital by an ambulance that arrived promptly after being called. Sadly he could not be revived.

‘The Landing Pool area is strictly for those coming down the slides. Sunday is a very busy day.

‘There are highly-trained life guards positioned at the bottom of the slides to watch people coming down for the purpose of ensuring their safety.

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‘His parents are understandably devastated and we continue to offer our support in any way possible. We are all deeply upset by this extremely sad incident.’