My ‘angel’ daughter Kyra Hill drowned at Liquid Leisure water park – she should have turned 12 today, I’m broken

THE distraught dad of a girl who drowned at a water park has spoken of his agony on what would have been her 12th birthday.

Kyra Hill went missing at Liquid Leisure, near Windsor, Berkshire, during a friend's party on August 6.

My ‘angel’ daughter Kyra Hill drowned at Liquid Leisure water park – she should have turned 12 today, I’m broken

Kyra Hill drowned at Liquid Leisure, near Windsor, Berkshire, on August 6Credit: PA

My ‘angel’ daughter Kyra Hill drowned at Liquid Leisure water park – she should have turned 12 today, I’m broken

Flowers left at the aqua park following the tragedyCredit: Alamy

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

Today, her father Leonard Hill said the family are “going through every parent's worst nightmare”.

Paying tribute to his daughter, he said: “Kyra would have been celebrating her 12th birthday today, which now she will miss.

“We have instead gained an unexpected angel.

“Kyra was a beautiful, courageous, determined, happy and loving girl.

“She genuinely cared for everyone, big or small, old or young.

“She was pure in heart, mind, thoughts and action.

“She stood for what was true and right and was a natural leader, popular amongst her peers, friends and family.”

Leonard also vowed to “fight for the truth” over what happened to the youngster, who had dreams of playing football for Manchester United women's team.

“I will not stop until we uncover the whole truth as to what happened to Kyra and why she apparently drowned amid trained staff,” he said.

And he wanted to “put the record straight” that the 11-year-old had not been playing on inflatables and was in the area designated for swimming.

Leonard added that his family miss her “very much” and they are “deeply disturbed, distraught and broken by what was allowed to happen to her at the Liquid Leisure Windsor.”

He added: “We feel let down. We will fight for the truth and get justice for our little girl, just as she would have fought for people she loved.”

'UNEXPECTED ANGEL'

Serious injury lawyers Jill Greenfield and Harvinder Kaur, of Fieldfisher, are representing the family.

Ms Kaur confirmed the local authority is investigating what happened and an inquest will open at Reading Coroner's Court.

Ms Greenfield said: “Our focus is to support the family to navigate the legal process and find out how this could ever have happened to a young girl who was simply celebrating her friend's birthday.”

Previously, Thames Valley Police said Kyra's death was not being treated as suspicious and a file was being prepared for the coroner.

Following the tragedy, Liquid Leisure closed the aqua assault course for the rest of the week “out of respect” for Kyra's family.

On Monday, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead said the attraction should not yet reopen on health and safety grounds.

Liquid Leisure must show it has reduced the risk of drowning before business can resume, it said.

The company has been contacted for comment.

My ‘angel’ daughter Kyra Hill drowned at Liquid Leisure water park – she should have turned 12 today, I’m broken

An aerial view of the water attractionCredit: Liquid Leisure Windsor

My ‘angel’ daughter Kyra Hill drowned at Liquid Leisure water park – she should have turned 12 today, I’m broken

The 11-year-old died at the water park while at a friend's birthday party

My ‘angel’ daughter Kyra Hill drowned at Liquid Leisure water park – she should have turned 12 today, I’m broken

Liquid Leisure closed for the rest of the week 'out of respect' for Kyra's familyCredit: w8media

My ‘angel’ daughter Kyra Hill drowned at Liquid Leisure water park – she should have turned 12 today, I’m broken

Kyra's dad said she had been swimming at the time, not on the inflatable courseCredit: UkNewsinPictures

NEWS RELATED

King Charles ‘has not decided’ whether to let Prince Harry and Meghan’s children use royal titles yet

has not yet decided whether he will allow the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children to use prince and princess titles, according to a royal expert. Roya Nikkhah, who is royal editor for, has claimed that there are “heightening tensions” as the monarch, 73, is keeping Harry, 38, and Meghan, ...

View more: King Charles ‘has not decided’ whether to let Prince Harry and Meghan’s children use royal titles yet

Ontarians celebrating Diwali raise concerns over 2022 election date clashing with festival

TORONTO — Some Ontarians who celebrate Diwali are criticizing the fact that the province’s municipal elections fall during the South Asian holiday, which many liken to Christmas. Municipal election dates are fixed under a provincial act, and the government says those who can’t make it to the polls on election ...

View more: Ontarians celebrating Diwali raise concerns over 2022 election date clashing with festival

Carol Vorderman highlights her toned stomach in Kim Kardashian crop top: 'I’m obsessed'

Carol Vorderman took to Instagram to share her latest weight loss with fans. (Getty Images) Yahoo Lifestyle's editors are committed to independently selecting wonderful products at great prices for you. We may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to ...

View more: Carol Vorderman highlights her toned stomach in Kim Kardashian crop top: 'I’m obsessed'

Powerball surges to $300M, winning $1M ticket sold in NY

No winner in Monday nights Powerball jackpot drawing as the prize money surges to $300 million. Richard Pollina / New York Post Get those lucky numbers ready for the next Powerball drawing! There was no winner for Monday night’s $285 million Powerball jackpot, now making this Wednesday’s drawing an ...

View more: Powerball surges to $300M, winning $1M ticket sold in NY

Rita Ora shows off her sizzling physique and rock hard abs in a mint green sports bra before treating herself to a teeth whitening session

She works hard in the gym to maintain her incredible physique. And Rita Ora showed off her sizzling figure and rock hard abs in mint green sports bra as she posted a new Instagram snap on Tuesday. The singer, 31, had on a matching set of the crop top and ...

View more: Rita Ora shows off her sizzling physique and rock hard abs in a mint green sports bra before treating herself to a teeth whitening session

When is England’s rugby league World Cup squad announced? Shaun Wane to name 24-man team for tournament

tournaments are set to take place later this year having been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 16th edition of the event was due to be played 12 months ago, but travel restrictions and the withdrawl from the men’s event of defending champions Australia and 2008 winners New Zealand ...

View more: When is England’s rugby league World Cup squad announced? Shaun Wane to name 24-man team for tournament

Netflix Sets Rocco Siffredi Drama ‘Supersex’ As Latest Original Series From Italy

Rocco Siffredi on stage during ‘Saturday Night Live’ recording Marco Piraccini/Archivio Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images Netflix has unwrapped its latest Italian series, Supersex. Produced by Fremantle producer The Apartment and Banijay-owned Groenlandia, it is inspired by the real life of European pornstar Rocco Siffredi. The seven-episode show will ...

View more: Netflix Sets Rocco Siffredi Drama ‘Supersex’ As Latest Original Series From Italy

The £70 John Lewis teddy coat that's ideal when there's a bite in the air

The affordable teddy coat we’re adding to our basket ASAP. (John Lewis & Partners) Yahoo Life's editors are committed to independently selecting wonderful products at great prices for you. We may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. ...

View more: The £70 John Lewis teddy coat that's ideal when there's a bite in the air

Column: Why ‘RINOs’ would fare better in the Senate midterms than Trump’s MAGA candidates

Op-Ed: Hurricane Fiona devastated Puerto Rico. When will these Americans get the support they need?

Jean Todt: Charles Leclerc is 'missing something' but remains a potential Formula One champion

Morrisons cuts prices across 150 of its most purchased products, including meat, veg and fruit

Ujiri: Teams need to revisit culture amid tumult

Major European Streaming & Pay-TV Bosses Debate Overwhelming Content Choice, Talk Up Strength Of FAST & AVoD – RTS London

At Freedom House, these Black men saved lives. Paramedics are book topic

Prince William told royal staff not to do this one thing around his children

The best tinted moisturisers for oily, dry and acne-prone skin

Death toll in Bangladesh pilgrim boat capsize rises to 66

Defense: Evidence is weak in Central African Republic trial

UN nuclear watchdog, Iranian officials meet in Vienna

OTHER NEWS

Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network