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Ruby Dench's death at Loch Insh Outdoor Centre caused by heart defect, police say

Ruby Dench was in her final year at Whiteabbey Primary
Ruby Dench was in her final year at Whiteabbey Primary

A heart abnormality caused the death of an 11-year-old girl on a school trip from Northern Ireland to a Scottish outdoor centre, police believe.

Emergency services were called to Loch Insh Outdoor Centre at Kincraig, near Aviemore, in the early hours of 8 May.

They attempted to resuscitate Ruby Dench, who was unconscious. She was pronounced dead after being taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Full post-mortem examination results will not be known for several weeks.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "There is no indication that the death was in any way connected to facilities at the watersports centre and as such there is no cause for any wider concern.

"The death is not suspicious, however a full inquiry will be done in liaison with Police Service of Northern Ireland. A report has been made to the procurator fiscal."

The force said indications were that the death was the result of an abnormality in the schoolgirl's heart.

Ruby had been a pupil at Whiteabbey Primary in County Antrim.

The school's headmaster Peter Wright described her as a "a well loved, respected and talented member of the school community" who would be "greatly missed by all of the pupils and staff".

At the time of her death, some of the other 57 children on the trip who had also been feeling unwell were examined by a doctor.

They did not have serious symptoms and were not giving any cause for concern.

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