Investigations begin after forest tragedy
A ‘PRECIOUS and fun-loving’ eight-yearold girl died after being trapped under logs on a forestry path near Benderloch last weekend.
Kayla MacDonald, a pupil at the Rockfield Gaelic medium unit in Oban, died at the scene on Sunday.
In a statement, Kayla’s family said: ‘Kayla was a precious, fun-loving eight-yearold who was loved by everyone around her. Kayla’s smile would light up a room.
‘Our wee girl loved music and dance as well as doing hair, nails and make-up. Kayla has two younger brothers who, along with the rest of her family and friends, will miss her dearly.’
Police Scotland confirmed that around 2.20pm on Sunday July 22, emergency services responded after a report that a young girl had been trapped under logs in a forest area at Benderloch and that another 12-year-old girl - understood to be a relative of Kayla had also been injured.
Kayla was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 12-year-old girl was taken to Oban hospital before being transferred to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow. Her condition was described as ‘stable’.
A joint investigation between Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive will take place to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death, though it is not being treated as suspicious.
A report will be sub- mitted to the procurator fiscal. A spokesperson for Forest Enterprise Scotland said: ‘Our thoughts are with the family and their friends at this very difficult time and we offer them our deepest condolences.
‘We will now focus on working with the site contractor, Tilhill Forestry, and the Health and Safety Executive as investigations into this tragic incident continue.’