British schoolgirl, 13, dies at Florida theme park Discovery Cove

A British schoolgirl has died on a family trip at a theme park in Florida.

Anna Beaumont, 13, was found unresponsive in a pool at Discovery Cove in Orlando on Tuesday, May 28. Orange County Sheriff's Office said the youngster, from Cardiff in Wales, was taken to hospital in critical condition but died the following day.

Anna's headteacher at Radyr Comprehensive, Andrew Williams, said staff and pupils at the school were left devastated by the news as he paid tribute.

Mr Williams told the BBC: "The very thought of losing a child is an unimaginable journey and I know I speak on behalf of the whole school community when I say that our thoughts are with Anna's family as they try to come to terms with their loss.

"Anna was a cherished member of our school family, and her absence will be profoundly felt by pupils, staff and all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her spirit, kindness and presence touched so many lives."

Disney Cove said in a statement: "Our staff responded to an emergency involving a guest. Our team provided care and contacted Orange County Fire & Rescue.

"When emergency personnel arrived, they took over care and transported the guest to a nearby hospital. Out of respect for privacy of our guests, we do not provide any health information. Our thoughts are with this family."

Discovery Cove is a sister park of SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando. It allows visitors to interact with its animals, including swimming with dolphins.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are in touch with the family following the death of a child in the United States, and are providing consular support during this difficult time."

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