Highlands & Islands

Northern Ireland schoolgirl Ruby Dench dies on trip to Highlands

Loch Insh Outdoor Centre
Image caption The girl took ill while staying at the Loch Insh Outdoor Centre at Kincraig

An 11-year-old girl on a school trip from Northern Ireland has died after taking unwell at a Scottish outdoor centre.

The emergency services were called to Loch Insh Outdoor Centre at Kincraig, near Aviemore, at about 02:30.

The girl, Ruby Dench, was unconscious and efforts were made to resuscitate her. She was later pronounced dead at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Other children who felt ill have been examined by a doctor.

A police spokeswoman said the child's death was being treated as unexplained. A post-mortem examination will be carried out.

In a letter to all parents at Whiteabbey Primary in Northern Ireland, the school's headmaster Peter Wright, said that the cause of her death had not yet been established.

The headmaster said professional support would be available to staff and pupils and that everyone's thoughts were with the Dench family.

He described Ruby as "a well loved, respected and talented member of the school community", who would be "greatly missed by all of the pupils and staff".

"Our thoughts are with the whole Dench family at this difficult time," Mr Wright added.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "As a precaution, some of the children who had also been feeling unwell were examined by a doctor.

"None of these children had serious symptoms and gave no cause for any concern."

She added: "The parents of all the school children who were at the outdoor centre at the time have been informed of the circumstances and reassured that there is no cause for wider concern."

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