Jane Bell pool death

Jane Bell pool death: Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes fined £100,000

The owners of the hotel where a three-year-old girl drowned in a swimming pool have been fined £100,000. Jane Bell got into difficulty at the Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes, Lancashire, in August 2014. She was in the hotel’s main pool with her mother when she got into difficulty in the 2.3m deep end. No trained lifeguard was on duty and no staff were trained in pool rescue techniques. Neither parent were capable of rescuing her from the bottom of the pool.

The hotel’s owners pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to a health and safety offence and were ordered to pay costs of £19,715. They admitted failing to protect the safety of guests under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Jane had been in the water for almost two minutes when former lifeguard and hotel guest Carole Greenwood dived in and brought her onto the poolside.

Peter Mills provided expert testimony for the Enforcement Authority (Fylde BC). We understand that arrangements to train the staff and make the pool shallow throughout have now been put in place.