Family of Maya Kantengule, 7, pay tribute following her death at Waveney River Centre holiday park

Maya Kantengule, who sadly died following an incident at Burgh St Peter in May last year. Picture is

Maya Kantengule, who sadly died following an incident at Burgh St Peter in May last year. Picture issued by the Norfolk Constabulary. - Credit: Norfolk Constabulary.

The parents of Maya Kantengule, a seven-year-old girl who drowned at her best friend's pool party, have released a statement as an inquest into her death takes place at Norwich Coroner's Court.

Her family said: 'We are still devastated following the passing of our beloved daughter, Maya Grace Kantengule. The pain is still unbearable and even though it's been over year it feels like we relive her passing every day.

'We hope that this inquest will provide answers to what happened on the day, even, though it is hard to admit that no explanation will bring back our daughter.

'We miss her dearly and she has left a void that is difficult to fill.'

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Maya was found at the bottom of the swimming pool at Waveney River Centre holiday park in Burgh St Peter, Norfolk on May 1 2016.


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The inquest heard that there was no life guard on duty at the pool, but that 10 children and 10 adults were at the party.

They were told that the mother of Maya's best friend, Jane Rainer, went to give the children a 10-minute warning before their time in the pool was up and saw Maya through a large observation window.

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'I saw Maya under the water and shouted something I don't recall, 'no' or 'help',' said Mrs Rainer.

She said she ran into the pool area, kicked off her shoes and jumped in fully clothed, as her eldest daughter also helped.

Mrs Rainer said she performed CPR on Maya at the poolside and emergency services were called.

Maya, who was born in Middlesbrough, lived in Smith's Walk, Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft, Suffolk and attended Dell Primary School.

The inquest continues.

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