Dad ‘broken all over again’ as water park where daughter drowned is allowed to reopen


A dad has spoken of his distress after a water park where his daughter drowned has been allowed to reopen.

Kyra Hill, 11, died when she reportedly got into trouble at an inflatable assault course at the Liquid Leisure Windsor in Datchet, Berkshire, in August.

Emergency services were called at 3.55pm and Kyra was found just after 5.10pm and rushed to Wexham Park Hospital.

Kyra’s father Leonard Hill slammed staff at the park, accusing them of not acting quickly enough.

Speaking previously toSky News, he said: “I feel really, really let down.

“I would say she was left to drown, because there’s no way she could have gone down in that same body of water and it’s taken you over 30 minutes to contact the emergency services.”

Now, Leonard has said his heart has ‘broken all over again’ after learning Liquid Leisure will reopen.

He said: “Mr Hill, 36, said: “When I heard that news [of the partial reopening] it just broke my heart all over again and it’s just dragged me back down to ground level – floor below ground level.”

The father-of-three described the heartbreak of watching CCTV of the incident.

“I’ve replayed the CCTV in my mind every day, every night. It’s like watching a horror movie,” he said.

“I replay my child on a hospital bed every day, every night.”

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council said a revised prohibition notice still barred all water-based activities “apart from boating activities, primarily those associated with water-skiing and wakeboarding and tow cabling for water-skiing and wakeboarding”.

The authority is also not allowing Liquid Leisure to use its beach area, reports the BBC.

In a statement, Liquid Leisure said it reopened its cable water ski and water sports areas on Saturday following clearance from the council.

“As has always been the position, all the water-based activities at the site are monitored by fully trained Royal Life Saving Society lifeguards,” the statement added.

“We want to reiterate our deepest sympathies to the family and all those impacted by this tragedy, and will provide further updates when we can.”

The Mirror has contacted Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council and Liquid Leisure for a comment.