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Baby dies after being placed on airport baggage carousel

2013-09-19 18:05:58

The baby was placed on a baggage carousel
like the one pictured

A five-month old baby has died after becoming trapped on a baggage collection belt at a Spanish airport, according to reports.

The young boy's death - thought to be a tragic accident - occurred at baggage reclaim in Alicante-Elche airport near Costa Blanca, after his family arrived on a flight from London Gatwick.

The New York Daily News reported that the young boy was placed on the special luggage belt, reserved for the collection of larger suitcases, pushchairs and musical instruments. The carousel is then thought to have been switched on, whisking the child into the portal from which the bags emerge, where he was trapped and tangled.

Efforts from paramedics to save the child were too late, and he was declared dead at the scene.

There have been mixed reports about where the family come from - with some suggesting they may be British while others say they are Americans touring Europe.

According to the Mail Online, a Guardia Civil spokesman said it was investigating the incident, but expected the death to be the result of an accident.

The baby's parents - who are believed to have another, older child - are staying at a nearby hotel where they had been booked in for a holiday. Red Cross volunteers are thought to be on hand for "psychological" help.


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