An 11-year-old girl who went missing at a water park near Windsor on Saturday has died, Thames Valley Police have confirmed.
The girl’s death is being treated as unexplained and an investigation has been launched.
“This has been an extremely traumatic and upsetting incident for all involved,” said Local Police Area Commander for Windsor and Maidenhead, Superintendent Michael Greenwood.
“I am aware that several members of the public went into the lake shortly after the girl got into difficulty but were unable to find her.
“I want to commend them for their courage and bravery.”
Police were called around 4pm to reports of a young girl getting into trouble at Liquid Leisure. About an hour later, they found her and she was taken to the hospital, but she did not survive.
The girl’s family has been notified, although formal identification is still missing.
A witness, who had been in the park with her children, told Sky News the girl was seen going under the water and “didn’t come back up”.
“At that point the lifeguards came running,” she said.
“She was with a group of friends for a girl’s birthday,” said the mother, who did not want to be named.
“My daughter was talking to the birthday group.”
Members of the public who were at the activity park were asked to call her name on the beach if she had come out of the water and was back on land.
“But nobody found her,” the witness said. “The lifeguards worked incredibly hard.
“After about 30 minutes we were asked to leave the beach just as the ambulance and fire crews arrived on the scene. There was a police helicopter, air ambulance and a search and rescue boat.
“I saw one of the adults from the group that the girl had been with and I asked if I could do anything to help and she just asked that I pray for her.”
Staff ‘asked customers to wear goggles’ to look under the water
Another witness told Sky News: “We were waiting to go on things and lifeguards were running over the obstacles and looking under them.
“They were dismantling the Ninja Warrior near the beach and were looking for her.
“The staff actually started asking customers for goggles to look for her underwater.”
Sky News has contacted Liquid Leisure for comment.