Newquay drowning: Two-year-old girl Mckayla Bruynius dies after being swept into sea in Cornwall

Rod Minchin
Wednesday 24 August 2016 12:20
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Mckayla Bruynius and her father both died
Mckayla Bruynius and her father both died

A two-year-old girl who was swept into the sea during an incident in which her father was also killed has died in hospital, police have said.

Mckayla Bruynius died at Bristol Children's Hospital on Tuesday night, having been caught by a large wave at Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall, last Friday.

Her father, Rudy Bruynius, also died in the incident, during a weekend in which a total of six people were killed in tragedies around the coast.

Mr Bruynius, his wife and their three children were on rocks at Fistral beach at around 5.20pm last Friday when Mr and Mrs Bruynius and Mckayla were washed into the sea by a large wave.

The RNLI lifeboat, Coastguard helicopter, beach lifeguards, police, air ambulance and ambulance crews attended the scene.

Mr and Mrs Bruynius were rescued from the water by RNLI lifeguards.

They carried out CPR on Mr Bruynius before he was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. The gardener, who was originally from South Africa, died later that evening.

Mckayla was recovered from the sea by an RNLI lifeboat before being flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and later transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital.

Mr and Mrs Bruynius's two sons managed to stay on the rocks and were located by the Coastguard. They suffered minor injuries before being taken by ambulance to hospital.

The family, who are from Croydon in south London, were holidaying in the Newquay area when the incident happened.

Detective Constable Jarrod Yewen, who is investigating the incident, said: "This is a tragic case for all those involved and our thoughts remain with the family at what is a deeply traumatic time for them.

"The deaths are not being investigated as suspicious, therefore the police will now prepare a file for HM Coroner and an inquest will be held in due course."

A fundraising page, set up to support the family, has seen more than £30,000 donated.

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