Youngster from Inverness who died on Cyprus holiday named

An Inverness school has been left devastated following the death of a pupil who died while on holiday in Cyprus.

Ruaridh Nairne has been named locally as the youngster who tragically died while on holiday in Cyprus earlier this month.

He was a primary two pupil at Ness Castle Primary School.

Parents and carers of fellow pupils were informed of the tragedy in a letter from headteacher Craig Connon.

He said: “I am writing to share the very sad news that Ruaridh Nairne, from P2, has died whilst on holiday during the October break. Ruaridh was a popular member of the class and will be sorely missed across the whole school community. Our thoughts are very much with his family.”

He added: “We will be sharing this news with each class during the school day on Monday, but you may wish to take time before then to let your own child know.

“As a school community, we will be supported during this time by members of the Highland Council educational psychology team.”

Tragic incident

Ruaridh was found unconscious in a swimming pool on October 6 while on holiday with his family in the tourist resort Paphos.

It is believed he received first aid treatment at the scene by a lifeguard before being rushed to Paphos General Hospital. He was later taken to Makario Children’s Hospital in Nicosia, where he sadly died on October 14.

Outside of Makarios III Hospital.
The boy died at Makarios III Hospital in Nicosia. Image: State Health Services.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office previously told The P&J: “We are supporting the family of a British national who has died in Cyprus.”

Inverness boy, 6, dies after being found unresponsive in Cyprus swimming pool

Courtesy of Latest News and Sport Headlines from Inverness | Press and Journal