Fam­ily trib­utes to ‘fun-lov­ing’ girl

● Kayla Mac­don­ald was pro­nounced dead at the scene of the in­ci­dent

The Scotsman - - Front Page - By MOIRA KERR news­deskts@scots­man.com

An eight-year-old who died af­ter she was trapped un­der fall­ing logs was a “pre­cious, fun-lov­ing” girl, her fam­ily said last night.

Kayla Mac­don­ald died fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent in an Ar­gyll and Bute for­est near the vil­lage of Ben­der­loch on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Kayla, from Dun­beg, was a pupil at Rock­field’s Gaelic Medium School.

An eight-year-old girl who died af­ter get­ting trapped un­der fall­ing logs has been named.

Kayla Mac­don­ald, from Dun­beg, was pro­nounced dead in an Ar­gyll and Bute for­est near the vil­lage of Ben­der­loch on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

A 12-year-old girl was also in­jured and air­lifted to hos­pi­tal in nearby Oban be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren in Glas­gow. Med­i­cal staff last night de­scribed her con­di­tion as sta­ble.

Kayla’s fam­ily said in a state­ment: “Kayla was a pre­cious, fun-lov­ing, eight-year-old who was loved by every­one around her. Kayla’s smile would light up a room.

“She at­tended Rock­field’s Gaelic Medium [School] where she was flu­ent in Gaelic.

“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.”

A joint in­quiry by Po­lice Scot­land and the Health & Safety Ex­ec­u­tive will take place to es­tab­lish the full cir­cum­stances. How­ever, her death is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious. A re­port will be sub­mit­ted to the procu­ra­tor-fis­cal.

Lo­cals said log­ging has been tak­ing place in the area with warning signs in place.

Rev Jef­frey Mccormick, min­is­ter of Ard­chat­tan par­ish church, said: “There will be a deep sense of sor­row in the com­mu­nity. This will touch peo­ple of all sorts of ages, old and young, and will be re­mem­bered lo­cally for years.”

A lo­cal res­i­dent, who knows the fam­ily, said the grand­fa­ther of the eight-year-old girl was out walk­ing with her when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened.

He­said:“it­wasanor­mal­fam­ily out­ing that un­for­tu­nately ended in tragedy be­cause of a site that was used as a play area. They were just play­ing on the logs and that was it. Ob­vi­ously with the weight of the things you would think it wouldn’t move, but it did.”

The ad­ver­tised start­ing point to the pub­lic walks into the Ben Lora area of the for­est, which start in the vil­lage of Ben­der­loch, are cur­rently fenced off and closed due to forestry works which are due to con­tinue un­til Septem­ber.

PIC­TURE: JOHN DEVLIN

0 Log­ging has been tak­ing place in the area, with some paths be­ing fenced off and warning signs erected

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