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Children taken to hospital after suspected chemical leak at Suffolk holiday park

PUBLISHED: 16:04 10 August 2020 | UPDATED: 20:00 10 August 2020

Emergency services responded to an incident involving hazardous chemicals at Carlton Meres Holiday Park, near Saxmundham  Picture: GEMMA JARVIS

Emergency services responded to an incident involving hazardous chemicals at Carlton Meres Holiday Park, near Saxmundham Picture: GEMMA JARVIS

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Two children have been taken to hospital after an incident reportedly involving hazardous chemicals at an indoor swimming pool near Saxmundham.

Emergency services responded to an incident involving hazardous chemicals at Carlton Meres Holiday Park, near Saxmundham  Picture: GEMMA JARVIS Emergency services responded to an incident involving hazardous chemicals at Carlton Meres Holiday Park, near Saxmundham Picture: GEMMA JARVIS

Emergency services were called to Carlton Meres Holiday Park just before 3pm today.

They arrived to arrived to find what they described as a sodium hypochlorite leak in the indoor pool area.

In total, six fire crews, four ambulances and two other Ambulance Service vehicles attended. Police also responded to the scene.

Six people, two adults and four children, were treated at the scene and two of the children were later taken to Ipswich Hospital with respiratory difficulties.

According to Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, the area where the leak took place has been ventilated and is now undergoing a dry decontamination.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: “Four ambulances and two ambulance officer vehicles were called to Carlton Lane, Carlton, Saxmundham, responding to reports of a suspected chemical leak in a swimming pool.

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“Two adults and four children were assessed at the scene and two children were transported to Ipswich Hospital for further assessment and care.”

Fire crews started to leave the scene at 4.10pm.

A spokesman for the holiday park declined to comment on the incident at this time, but said they would be releasing a statement in due course.

According to Carlton Meres’s website, the indoor pool was only built in 2019. The heated pool complex includes changing rooms and other facilities.

Also available at the site is a crazy golf course, which opened Easter 2020, and a newly refurbished clubhouse which include a restaurant and other leisure facilities.

There is also a gym, an adventure playground and amusement arcade.

The website says: “With its well-stocked fishing lakes, tranquil location and abundance of leisure facilities, Carlton Meres Holiday Park is an ideal place for your family holiday.

“Carlton Meres also has much to offer lovers of natural beauty, and boasts a wealth of wildlife in its ancient woodland setting.”


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