Heartbreaking funeral for British toddler who drowned in pool in Spain

Teddy bears and flowers decorated the church in Belfast where a funeral was held for 19-month-old Freddie Joseph Briggs, who died in the pool at his childhood home

Freddie Joseph Briggs is said to have developed a love for animals in his short life
Freddie Joseph Briggs is said to have developed a love for animals in his short life

The funeral of a British toddler who drowned in a swimming pool accident on the Costa Blanca has taken place as family friends continue a fundraiser.

Freddie Joseph Briggs died last Wednesday in the pool at his childhood home in the village of Aigues, near Benidorm.

The 19-month-old died at the scene, despite the efforts of a neighbor and an ambulance crew to save him.

It is understood the family had recently relocated to Spain from Northern Ireland

Freddie’s funeral took place on Thursday, with teddy bear-shaped floral arrangements and photographs adorning the front of St Agnes’ Church in Belfast.

The tot was said to have been baptized before being buried in a nearby cemetery.

Father Thomas McGlynn told mourners at the service the boy had brought happiness to those around him and enjoyed his short life “to the fullest”.

He said that over Freddie’s short life he “developed a great love and affection for animals, both real and cuddly.”







Freddie Joseph Briggs died last Wednesday in the pool at his childhood home in the village of Aigues, near Benidorm
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The pastor described the “beautiful, small, perfect baby … as he will always be,” reports the Belfast Telegraph.

“In his short life he loved, laughed and lived life to the fullest,” he added.

“Freddie himself knew that he was loved and valued and blessed to have such loving and caring parents and a big brother.

“He was at the heart of everything they did in life.”

Freddie’s father Marc Briggs, believed to be from Mansfield, Notts, and Belfast-born mother Jane Mohan had moved to the Costa Blanca just before the tragedy.

Plans are already underway for Freddie to attend a pre-school from September, where he will impress the staff, who are looking forward to welcoming him, they said.

Almost £10,000 has already been raised by well-wishers in an online fundraiser set up by family friend Rob Toomey.







It is understood the family had recently relocated to Spain from Northern Ireland
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The money will be used to fund a memorial for the toddler who lost his life.

Mr Toomey wrote: “Freddie Joseph Briggs was greatly saddened in a tragic accident at the hands of his parents Briggsy and Jane on 25th April 1945.

“Any of you who know Briggsy will agree that he will do anything to help a partner and now it’s time for us to help him and Jane.

“Many of you have asked what you can do to help and it would help tremendously if you could donate to this memorial so we can all remember Freddie. RIP Freddie.”

One well-wisher who donated wrote in a poignant message to his parents: “No words can ease the pain of such a tragic event, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.”

Another added: “So heartbreaking. Love and strength for Jane and Marc.”

Last week’s tragedy occurred in a private residential area called El Paraiso, or paradise in English.

The area is 30 minutes drive from Benidorm in the village of Aigues which has only 986 inhabitants according to a 2020 census.

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How the toddler, who had an older brother, got into the pool was not clear at the time.

A regional emergency response coordination center said at the time paramedics took over a neighbor who had been performing initial resuscitation techniques when they reached the scene, but nothing could be done to save the little boy.

The results of the autopsy were not published.

The following day, Aigues Town Hall announced a three-day mourning.

A spokesman said: “The news of yesterday’s death of little boy Freddie Joseph Briggs has saddened and moved local people living in Aigues.

“As a sign of our pain and solidarity with the child’s parents and other loved ones, we declare three days of mourning.”

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