A 12 year old schoolgirl has died on a school trip to France after what the organisers have called a “swimming incident”. The pupil attended Wolfreton School in the Hull area and was escorted to hospital by air ambulance on Tuesday afternoon after a “swimming incident”, but sadly died later. Counselling has been offered to staff and pupils at Wolfreton School, and the Headmaster, Dave McCready, has said that “We are all deeply saddened…our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family at this difficult time.”
24 students and 3 members of staff departed for France on 18th July and were expected to return on Thursday. However, after the tragic incident The East Riding of Yorkshire Council said it was providing close support to the school and the student’s family to return them home.
The trip was arranged by Activ4 whose director Steve Scott admits that the exact circumstances regarding the “swimming incident” and subsequent death are unclear but that “The owners of the activity centre and senior management from Activ4 are working closely with the local authority and the school to provide all necessary support and assistance.”
French radio has revealed that the girl had spent several days among a group who played in the lake by jumping off a platoon at the centre near Limoges. It is reported that the pontoon overturned and trapped some students underneath it.
Mike Furbank, Head of Schools at the Council said that “There will be a full investigation into the incident and it would be inappropriate to comment further about the details of these tragic events, which the authorities in France are looking into.”
By Francesca Stainer