An 11-year-old girl has drowned after disappearing under the water at an activity park in Windsor.
One eyewitness said the child was with a group of friends for a girl’s birthday at Liquid Leisure, adding that her daughter spoke to the group.
She told Sky News she saw the child going under the water and ‘didn’t come back up’, at which point lifeguards rushed over.
Several members of the public also jumped into the water but were unable to find the girl.
Visitors were also asked to call the child’s name by the beach in case she’d left the water, but they got no response.
A fire crew, a police helicopter, an air ambulance, and a search and rescue boat then arrived at the activity park in a bid to find the missing child.
She was eventually found at 5.10pm and taken to hospital, where she was declared dead.
The girl’s death is being treated as unexplained and an investigation has been launched.
Superintendent Michael Greenwood said: ‘My thoughts are with the family and friends of the girl who has died as a result of this tragic incident.
‘We are in the early stages of investigating this incident to understand the full circumstances
‘This has been an extremely traumatic and upsetting incident for all involved.
‘I am aware that several members of the public entered the lake shortly after the girl got into difficultly, but were unable to locate her. I would like to commend them for their courage and bravery.
‘My sincere condolences are with the girl’s family and friends, and I would ask that their privacy is respected at this incredibly traumatic and distressing time for them.’
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