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Waterpark owners fined following death

Posted in: Public Place Accidents Wrongful & Accidental Death 

The company that runs a water park in Gloucestershire, where a teenager drowned in 2010, has been ordered to pay £240,000 in costs and fines. 15-year-old Kajil Devi, from London, died after slipping and falling into the water at Cotswold Country Park and Beach in 2010.

The company in charge of the water park, WM Active, admitted to failing to ensure the health and safety of the public – a charge enforced by Cotswold District Council. WM Active was forced to pay £150,000 in costs and an additional £90,000 in fines following the teenager’s death.

420 water-related accidents in 2010

Kajil, who could not swim, died at the park on 11 July 2010.  A four-day inquest, which was held in 2012, ruled that her death was completely accidental.

According to figures by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), there were 420 water-related deaths from accidents or natural causes in the UK in 2010. The figures were published under the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF). They showed that the highest number of fatalities happened in inland waters such as lakes and rivers, and nearly a quarter of fatalities happened at the coast or in a harbour. Children and young people aged between 0 and 19 accounted for 57 of the deaths.

WM Active offered its sincerest apologies to the family of Ms Devi.

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