His last moment was captured by a CCTV and it showed the child leaving the changing room and walking over to the jacuzzi.
He stepped into the tub and disappeared in July 2015. Kids club staff and other children were next to the pool but did not notice what was going on. Some people even walked past the jacuzzi but the boy was not visible beneath the bubbling water until minutes later when his body floated to the surface.
“I saw this little lad, I thought he was swimming underwater at first. I touched his head and lifted him out of the pool,” he said.
Ronan’s parents, Bridget and John Kennedy, are now calling on the government to introduce regulations for swimming pools immediately, seeing as pools in Ireland are currently unregulated in regards to safety.
Garda James Heffernan of Youghal Garda Station said:
“He stepped into the seat of the jacuzzi and then he stepped directly into the middle of the jacuzzi. Unfortunately he is not visible for a number of minutes until he drifts out into the pool where he is found.”
The verdict was death by drowning.