THE heartbroken family of a four-year-old from Great Sankey who drowned on holiday have released a touching tribute to their 'shining boy'.

Isaac Webster was on a holiday in Egypt with his parents, Andy and Kelly, and his brother Leo, when he was found unresponsive in a hotel swimming pool in April, 2017.

An inquest was held at Warrington Coroner's Court today, Friday, which heard how he had been playing in the children's pool at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel when he managed to find his way to the adult pool.

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The hearing concluded that Isaac died from respiratory failure due to drowning on April 21, 2017.

In a statement released following the inquest, Isaac's family said: "We as a family wish to pay tribute to Isaac: a loved son, grandson, great grandson, nephew, cousin and friend to all who knew him.

"Isaac was truly beautiful. He was gentle, kind and loving.

"He had a generous spirit, was funny and exuded all of the finest qualities of a happy and loved child.

"Though his life was cruelly short, he filled so much into it and those who are fortunate to have known him will remember him as a shining and effervescent small boy who drew people close.

"Whilst time without him has cruelly and relentlessly passed, our happy memories, and the pain that brings, have not diminished.

"Those cherished memories burn bright and because of the love we have for him, will never dim.

"For the sake of our family, we have had to pick up the fractured pieces of a life without Isaac, but he is held with us, still within the heart of our family.

"We wish to thank again the people, friends and strangers alike who pulled together in our time our time of need.

"People who spontaneously and generously fundraised so that we were able to give our son a most fitting tribute.

"The burden of coping with his devastating loss was eased by the love and support of others and was a measure of how much Isaac was loved.

"We would like to thank Cheshire Police for their support, Her Majesties Coroner for his work and Slater Gordon for their expertise in guidance through the legal process.

"Finally, we ask as a family that we are given space and privacy to grieve and reflect upon today's hearing.

"The indescribable pain – for there are no words, for the loss of Isaac have once again been brought to the fore."