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Liquid Leisure waterpark must show ‘reduced risk of drowning’ after girl, 11, died

A water park has been banned from reopening until it can prove it is safe following the death of an 11-year-old girl who had gone missing while playing in the water.

Emergency services were called to Liquid Leisure, near Datchet, at 3.55pm, on August 6, after Kyra Hill was reported missing.

She was found just after 5.10pm and rushed to Wexham Park Hospital, where she died.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has served a prohibition notice on Liquid Leisure, banning the aqua park from reopening recreational activities associated on the lake, until it can show it has measures in place to prevent or reduce the risk of drowning.

Liquid Leisure announced it had closed the park last week “out of respect” for the girl’s family and now will be required to satisfy to the council it has suitable and sufficient risk assessments to prevent or reduce the risk of drowning, before it can reopen.

The council said it is in “the early stages” of conducting a health and safety investigation into the incident to determine any potential breaches, reported BerkshireLive.

A Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead spokesperson said: “The legal onus is on businesses to comply with relevant health and safety legislation, and ensure they have in place suitable and sufficient risk assessments and associated safe systems of work to identify and manage risks.

“We are in the early stages of conducting a health and safety investigation into the tragic incident at Liquid Leisure to determine any potential breaches under relevant health and safety legislation.

“Alongside this, in light of the recent fatality, we have served a notice prohibiting all recreational activities associated with the lake until Liquid Leisure has satisfied the council they have suitable and sufficient risk assessments to prevent or reduce the risk of drowning.

“We would again like to express our deepest condolences to the girl’s family and friends.”

Last week Thames Valley Police said the incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

A Liquid Leisure statement said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and all those effected by this desperately tragic and upsetting incident.

“As Thames Valley Police are in the early stages of investigation, it would not be right for us to add further comment, but we will continue to fully support and assist them throughout the process.”

Its website says: “Liquid Leisure is home to Europe’s Largest Aqua Park and the first official Ninja Warrior UK Aqua Park, set on one of the most beautiful private freshwater lakes amongst stunning parkland in the heart of Berkshire.”