A MOTHER has said she would “never forgive” herself after her young son almost drowned whilst holidaying in Spain.

Becky Denning Poole is hoping to raise awareness of the dangers of swimming pools after her son Genson, aged five, almost died.

The youngster was found at the bottom of the pool at a villa belonging to his aunt, glamour model Natalie Richardson, in Puerto Banús, Marbella.

Older brother Harley, aged nine, jumped into the pool to try to save Genson but shouted for help as he realised he was unable to move his brother’s “lifeless” body.

Mrs Denning Poole, of Powick, said: “I heard a splash and I ran over and jumped into the pool.

“He was on the bottom.

“He was just blue, lifeless and he wasn’t breathing.

“I have to say I had absolutely no succinct thoughts running through my head – I was hysterical.

“My father Richard Denning, knew how to administer CPR and we rushed him to hospital.

Mr Denning carried out CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and managed to get the youngster to breathe.

She added: “Harley was my hero it was just instinct when he jumped into the pool.

“I think Genson would not be here if it were not for my dad.”

She added: “I will never forgive myself.”

The youngster has had swimming lessons for two years and was wearing armbands, but Mrs Denning Poole believes he took them off before going into the water on Tuesday, August 8.

Genson, who attends Powick Primary School, was kept in hospital for about 30 hours, where he received oxygen and had x-rays to assess if he had water on his lungs.

He was also monitored for secondary drowning, where water can get into the lungs in small amounts, and any other complications.

He was back at the villa recovering yesterday (Wednesday).

His 37-year-old mother, who works as a director at her husband Dacey’s business DMbuild in Worcester, is now aiming to raise awareness of the dangers of water and encourage parents to learn first aid.

She said: “I want to encourage parents to go on a first aid course, get swimming lessons for children - it is just so important to know what to do in these situations.

“You never think you’re going to be the person that it happens to.”

She added: “Learn from my mistake and never ever take your eyes off your child when there's water about.”

Mrs Denning Poole and her sister Ms Richardson are now planning to start a petition for parents to receive first aid classes at schools.