A water park where a ‘kind and smart’ girl, 11, died has been prevented from reopening for health and safety reasons.
Liquid Leisure, near Datchet, must show it has reduced the risk of drowning before it can welcome customers again, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead said.
Tragedy struck when Kyra Hill “didn’t return” on August 6, causing panic.
An emergency team was called to the scene around 3:55 p.m., but was not found until shortly after 5:10 p.m.
She later died at Wexham Park Hospital, with Thames Valley Police saying the case was being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A case was being prepared for the coroner, officers added.
Liquid Leisure said the water assault course would remain closed “out of respect” to the girl’s family until early this week.
But, following a council health and safety investigation, it will remain closed until further notice.
A council spokesman said: ‘We have served notice prohibiting all recreational activities associated with the lake until Liquid Leisure has satisfied the council that it has appropriate and sufficient risk assessments to prevent or reduce the risk of drowning.
“We would like to once again express our deepest condolences to the girl’s family and friends.”
Kyra was described by her classmates as someone who was “the best in all the classes” and “loved to make people smile”.
It comes after a 41-year-old mother who witnessed the incident described a chaotic reaction when it became apparent someone was missing.
“Not everyone was wearing life jackets” and there seemed “to be a lack of lifeguards and no plan to deal with such an incident,” she said.
In a statement last week, Liquid Leisure said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with family, friends and everyone affected by this desperately tragic and heartbreaking incident.
“As Thames Valley Police are in the early stages of the investigation, it would not be right for us to add any further comments, but we will continue to support and assist them fully throughout the process.”
Metro.co.uk has contacted Liquid Leisure for further comment.
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