Police continue to investigate tragedy of seven-year-old girl who died at Burgh St Peter swimming pool

The Waveney River Centre.Incident at the swimming pool involving a young girl.Picture: James Bass

The Waveney River Centre.Incident at the swimming pool involving a young girl.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a seven-year-old girl at a swimming pool.

The girl, who has not been named by police, was pulled unconscious from the water at the Waveney River Centre, in Burgh St Peter, at noon on Sunday (May 1) but died later that day.

A Home Office post mortem will be carried out on Friday (May 6) at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, although the death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage.

Officers are working closely with South Norfolk District Council in respect of health and safety matters to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The girl was at a private party in Eddies Pool at the holiday park near Beccles.


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She was taken to the James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) in Gorleston after showing signs of life when she was pulled from the pool.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance was also called, with a doctor and critical-care paramedic landing close to the holiday park and being the first medical team to arrive on the scene.

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They treated the girl before she was taken by a road ambulance to the JPUH, where she died at about 4pm that day.

In a statement on its website, the Waveney River Centre said it was saddened by the young girl's death.

The statement said: 'Obviously our thoughts are with the family and friends of the child involved. As a family business we are devastated by this tragedy.'

Staff are said to be 'deeply shocked' by the incident, and it is not yet clear when the pool will be re-opened, with the statement adding that staff hoped guests would understand the decision.

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