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Child dies in freak playground accident

A 13-year-old boy was killed and his nine-year-old sister critically injured on Sunday afternoon, while playing in a swimming pool at an organised children's park in Athens' coastal Elliniko district.

According to witness accounts, the two children were playing in an inflatable ball in a swimming pool within the grounds when a sudden squall picked up the ball with both children still inside and dashed it against other objects in the park.

An ambulance carried the two children to the hospital, where the 13 year old boy was pronounced dead on arrival. The boy died of head injuries inside the ambulance on its way to the hospital.

According to the hospital, the boy was dead on arrival and the younger girl was immediately hooked up to life support in an ICU unit.

The girl has suffered a fractured lung and is in the intensive care in critical condition.

The three persons responsible for the amusement park were arrested and are being detained in the Hellenikon Police station and will be charged.