In­ves­ti­ga­tions be­gin af­ter for­est tragedy

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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’.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion

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.’

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