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Holiday Park Drowning – Case goes to Crown Court

Posted by Tracy Seward

The operators of a Flintshire holiday park where a girl drowned will be dealt with in the Crown Court on two health and safety offences.

Plas Coch Holiday Homes Ltd, formerly known as Talacre Beach Caravan Sales Ltd, is being prosecuted by Flintshire County Council following the tragedy in October 2010.

Eight-year-old Seojin Kim, from Harborne, Birmingham, died while on holiday with her family at Talacre Beach Caravan Park. She was pronounced dead at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan after she was said to have got into difficulties in a swimming pool on the site.

A joint investigation was launched by North Wales Police and environmental health officers from Flintshire Council.

One charge alleges the company failed to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that people not in its employment including Seojin Kim, were not exposed to the risk of drowning or another injury.

The second charge alleges the company failed to make sufficient assessment of the health and safety risks associated with the management and operation of the swimming pool.

At Flintshire Magistrates’ Court in Mold, it was agreed the matter should be dealt with in the Crown Court. The case has been adjourned until May for committal proceedings.

The Flintshire Chronicle
April 2012

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