Thames Valley Police have confirmed that an 11-year-old girl has gone missing at a water park in Windsor.
Emergency services were called around 3:55 p.m. Saturday to report a child stranded in Liquid Leisure near Datchet.
She was found around 5:10 pm and taken to Wexham Park Hospital but died, police said.
Windsor and Maidenhead local police station commander Superintendent Michael Greenwood said: “My thoughts are with the family and friends of the girl who died in this tragic incident.
“We are in the early stages of investigating this incident to understand all the circumstances.
“All emergency services responded quickly and after an extensive search on the lake, an 11-year-old girl was found around 5:10 pm and taken to the hospital, but sadly passed away.
“It was an extremely traumatic and upsetting incident for everyone involved.
“I am aware that several members of the public entered the lake shortly after the girl had a hard time getting into it, but could not find her.
“I would like to thank them for their courage and bravery.
“My sincere condolences to the girl’s family and friends, and I ask that their privacy be respected at this incredibly traumatic and difficult time for them.”
It was an extremely traumatic and upsetting incident for everyone involved.Supervisor Michael Greenwood, Thames Valley Police
One eyewitness told Sky News that the child was seen going under the water and “didn’t come up”, after which rescuers ran up to him.
They said she was with a group of friends celebrating another girl’s birthday when she disappeared.
Emergency services, including the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance Service, arrived on the scene on Saturday afternoon.
Members of the public were asked to name the girl, and staff asked customers for goggles to search for her underwater, according to eyewitnesses cited by Sky.
“Rescuers worked incredibly hard,” said the first witness.
“After about 30 minutes, we were asked to leave the beach, just as the ambulance and fire brigade arrived at the scene. There was a police helicopter, an air ambulance and a search and rescue boat.
“I saw one of the adults in the group the girl was with and asked if there was anything I could do to help, and she just asked me to pray for her.”
Thames Valley Police said the girl’s death was being treated as unexplained and an investigation was launched.
Although no official identification has yet taken place, the girl’s immediate family has been informed and the officers are offering them support.
According to the website, Liquid Leisure claims to be home to Europe’s largest water park and offers activities such as wakeboarding and a floating obstacle course.
“Liquid Leisure is home to Europe’s largest water park and Ninja Warrior UK’s first official water park, set on one of the most beautiful private freshwater lakes among stunning parks in the heart of the Berkshires,” its website says.
Liquid Leisure, South Central Ambulance Service and the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service have reached out for comment.