Liquid Leisure Prevented from Reopening until Risk of Drowning is Reduced

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Following the tragic death of an 11-year-old girl on the 6th of August, the Liquid Leisure waterpark has been told it must reduce the risk of drowning before business can resume. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have made this decision.

The victim was found at 5.10pm after being reported missing hours before. After being rushed to Wexham Park Hospital the youngster sadly died. Thames Valley Police have said the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious, the Coroner is expected to deliver a formal conclusion in due course.

Liquid Leisure said that they would keep the aqua assault course closed “out of respect” for the victim’s family until the start of the week, but they have been told by the local authorities that they cannot reopen yet. 

A spokesperson for the council said-

“We have served a notice prohibiting all recreational activities associated with the lake until Liquid Leisure has satisfied the council they have suitable and sufficient risk assessments to prevent or reduce the risk of drowning.”

The council began a health and safety investigation on August the 9th so they can ‘determine any potential breaches under relevant health and safety legislation’.

Liquid Leisure has been approached for comment.

In a statement released last week Liquid Leisure said-

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and all those affected by this desperately tragic and upsetting incident. As Thames Valley Police are in the early stages of investigation, it would not be right for us to add further comment, but we will continue to fully support and assist them throughout the process.”

A witness at the water park said that staff were not all attentive and that not everyone was wearing life jackets.