Little boy screamed ‘I’m hurting, I’m hurting’ and collapsed and died on waterslide

A TRAGIC young boy screamed “I’m hurting, I’m hurting” moments before collapsing and dying on a waterslide at Center Parcs.

The youngster, believed to be aged around seven, had been playing in front of families at a tropical pool at Longleat Forest on Saturday when he fell ill.

He screamed out in agony before passing out – as his frantic mum yelled at him to “wake up”, horrified witnesses said.

A source told The Sun Online: “He’d just climbed up the steps to the top of the slide at the pool and was about to slide down.

“Then he just collapsed to the floor. He was completely unconscious.”

Another said: “Us and about 20 other people saw this happen on Saturday, worst thing I’ve ever witnessed and have not been able to get the boy and his family out of my head, or his mums screaming for him to wake up.

“Awful. Rest in peace little man I’m so sorry that happened to you.”

Desperate staff attempted to resuscitate the boy as horrified families watched on but sadly he couldn’t be saved.

A hero dad who tried to save the boy by performing CPR until paramedics arrived claims guests at the park demanded a refund after the area was closed off.

He told Mail Online: “The park staff were there within seconds and worked really hard to get the situation under control. It was the adult guests that were at fault. Their behaviour was appalling.

“While I was giving CPR a woman came up to me and asked if she could go into the pool. And then she started asking staff if she could get a refund because she couldn’t use the slides.”

He added: “Staff managed to bring a screen across and give the child some privacy within ten minutes.”

One witness claimed the pool was reopened “three or four hours” after the boy passed away.

Center Parcs confirmed the boy had tragically died but did not release any further details.

A spokesman said: “It’s a horrible tragedy, incredible sad.

“Our team responded professionally and appropriately in very challenging circumstances. They provided CPR, with the assistance of medically trained members of the public, until paramedics arrived and screened the area from view while the boy was being treated.

“At the family’s request, we did not share any further information on the boy’s condition until the family were comfortable with us doing so.

“We have remained in regular contact with the family throughout the week and they have passed on their gratitude to the team for the way they responded and the immediate medical care they provided.”

Center Parcs in Longleat opened in 1997 – with the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at the heart of the village.

There are five different holiday parks in the UK and one in Ireland offering more than 200 indoor and outdoor activities.