Sunday 21 January 2018

Girl (12) drowns on school trip to French adventure centre

Wolfreton School in Hull
Wolfreton School in Hull

Alexander Britton in London

A 12-year-old English girl has died in a swimming accident during a school trip to France.

Jessica Lawson, a pupil at the Wolfreton School in Hull was taken to hospital in Limoges after the accident on Tuesday.

She was among 24 students and three staff who were on the trip to an adventure centre in the Massif Central.

Dave McCready, head teacher at the school, said: "We are all deeply saddened by this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the student's family at this difficult time."

'France Bleu' reported Jessica had spent several days at the centre and was among a group playing in a lake and jumping from a pontoon.

The pontoon then overturned and some of the children were trapped underneath. The lifeguard dived down twice before finding jessica, it was reported.

An inquiry into the death will now be opened in France.

Mike Furbank, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's head of children and young people, education and schools, said: "The council is providing close support to the school and to the student's family in these tragic circumstances and arrangements are being made for other members of the school party to travel home as soon as possible."

"Our deepest sympathy is with the student's family, the pupils, staff and everyone else in the wider school community."

Steve Scott, managing director of tour company Activ4, said: "We can confirm that a student on one of our trips to the south of France passed away following a swimming incident.

"At this stage the exact circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear."

Irish Independent

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