Co Antrim girl, 11, dies on school trip

Published Wednesday, 08 May 2013
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An 11-year-old girl from Co Antrim has died during a school trip to Scotland with Whiteabbey Primary, after being found unconscious in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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Emergency services were called to Loch Insh Outdoor Centre at Kincraig near Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands at about 2.30am, where Ruby Dench was found unconscious after feeling unwell.

Efforts were made to resuscitate the P7 pupil, but she was later pronounced dead at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.

Head teacher of Whiteabbey Primary, Peter Wright, said everyone connected with the school was devastated by what had happened.

She really did bring a brightness to every day in the school and clearly at this time our thoughts are with her parents, brother and wider family.

Peter Wright, Whiteabbey PS

It is understood that some other children had been feeling unwell and were examined by a doctor as a precaution. None of them gave any cause for concern.

A total of 58 pupils and six adults made the journey to Scotland, where they had been since Monday. They have cut short the trip and returned home by boat on Wednesday evening.

All parents have been informed and reassured that there is no cause for wider concern.

"Over the coming days and weeks, there will be support for children and indeed for staff," Mr Wright added.

A spokeswoman from Police Scotland said that the 11-year-old's death was being treated as "unexplained" and that a post mortem will be carried out.

Education Minister John O'Dowd said his thoughts are with the girl's family.

"It was with deep sadness and regret that I heard about the death of a pupil from Whiteabbey Primary School while on a school trip," he said.

"My thoughts are with the child's family and indeed the pupils, teachers and wider school community at what is a profoundly distressing time.

"The North Eastern Education and Library Board stands ready to provide support, including access to counselling, to the pupils and teachers in the days and weeks ahead."

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eoin in belfast wrote (343 days ago):
So sad and tragic,God rest your little soul angel x
Jackie in Antrim wrote (345 days ago):
What a beautiful little girl. Losing a child is the hardest thing in life we will ever have to face. I pray that Ruby's family are supported in their greatest time of need and that those who know you and love you can help you to gain the strength to get through this together. May God bless you and may you feel his love surround you like a fortress in the days and weeks ahead. Thinking of you all and the children and staff of Whiteabbey Primary School. Ruby will have touched so many hearts and made a wonderful difference to the lives of many who knew and loved her. Sleep tight little one xxx
Annie in Belfast wrote (345 days ago):
So very sad. God only takes those He can no loner love from a distance. My thoughts and prayers are with Ruby's family. Sleep tight little one. x
andrew in fhhf wrote (345 days ago):
such a terrable thing. My thoughts are on family, friends and teachers. Rest in peace little one.
N Abbey in N Abbey wrote (345 days ago):
My girls went to school and did this trip. Teachers so professional and committed to puils. This is such a tragedy. Praying for family, school staff and kids . x
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