Canadian girl, 5, drowns in Bahamas

A five-year-old Canadian girl has died in the Bahamas after what officials are describing as an accident at a resort water park.

Officials at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, near the capital Nassau, have confirmed the girl died on Thursday, three days after a “drowning incident” in one of the resort’s pools.

“She passed away Thursday morning in the hospital and we are doing everything in our power to assist the family during this very difficult time,” a spokesperson for the resort said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.”

Royal Bahamas Police Force officials confirmed the death but declined to identify the child or provide details about the incident.

Atlantis Resort is owned by Kerzner International Holdings Ltd., a Bahamas company that operates several international resorts.

The Bahamas location includes an Aquaventure Water Park, which features several pools, waterslides and river attractions.

A 12-year-old boy died in 2000 after he was caught in a drain while snorkeling in the resort’s lagoon.