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Girl (12) dies swimming on school trip to south of France

Rose Troup Buchanan

Published 22/07/2015 | 14:38

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A 12-year-old British girl from Hull has died while on a swimming trip to the south of France, organisers say.

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The girl, who is not being named, was a pupil of Wolfreton School in East Yorkshire.

She is believed to have been on a visit to an adventure centre in Massif Central region, where the "swimming incident" occured. Although the girl was airlifted to hospital in Limoges on Tuesday afternoon, she later died. 24 pupils and three members of staff were also on the trip organised by Activ4.

The company, a "specialist school trips operator" known to organise tailor-made sports trips, released a statement confirming that the pupil had been on one of their tours at the time of the incident.

"At this stage the exact circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear," a spokesperson for the company said. They added that local French authorities and the school were investigating, alongside senior management from the company.

East Riding Council has also confirmed that they will conduct an investigation into the events surrounding the girl's death. Mike Furbank, the council's head of children and young people, education and schools, told ITV that the council was providing "close support" to the student's family and school.

Mr Furbank added that arrangements were being made to return the pupils home as soon as possible.

Wolfreton School headteacher Dave McCready told the BBC: "We are all deeply saddened by this tragic event."

A Foreign Office spokesperson confirmed the death to The Independent  and said: "We have been in contact with the family to offer our support and assistance at this difficult time.”

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