Girl’s death in Florida a tragic accident – family

15 minutes agoAntonia Matthews & PA Media,BBC NewsPA MediaAnna Beaumont was described as a “beautiful soul” taken in a “tragic accident”

The family of a 13-year-old girl who died while on holiday in Florida say her death was a “tragic accident”.

Anna Beaumont, from Cardiff, was found unresponsive in a pool at Discovery Cove in Orlando on 28 May .

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said she was taken to hospital in critical condition but died the next day.

On Tuesday her family said in a statement: “Anna was a beautiful soul who has been taken from us in a tragic accident.”

“We are devastated by her loss, but she will never be forgotten,” they added.

“We would like to thank the emergency response teams and hospital staff in Orlando who tried so hard to save Anna’s life.

“We will not be making any further statements and ask for privacy at this incredibly difficult time.”

Getty ImagesAnna Beaumont, from Cardiff, was found unresponsive in a pool at Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida on 28 May

Andrew Williams, the head teacher at Anna’s school, Radyr Comprehensive, described her as a “cherished member of our school family” in a statement shared with the BBC on Sunday.

He said: “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.”

Teenage girl dies on family holiday in Florida

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive resort and sister park of SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando.

The company released a statement about the incident to local media, which said: “Our staff responded to an emergency involving a guest yesterday [May 28].

“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.”

Rhys Livesy, a councillor for the Pentyrch and St Fagans area of Cardiff, offered his deepest sympathies to the family and to Anna’s friends.

“The effect this sad news must be having on Anna’s family and friends is unimaginable,” he said in a statement.

“It seems Anna had rowing and education links throughout the local area,” he added.