Three years on and still no report into teenager Kajil Devi's tragic drowning at Cotswold Country Park and Beach
2:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
QUESTIONS have been raised as to why there has still been no report into how a 15-year-old girl drowned at the Cotswold Water Park, more than three years after her death.
Kajil Devi drowned on July 11, 2010 as she played at Cotswold Country Park and Beach at Lake 32.
She had been trying to help her ten-year-old cousin who was drifting away from shore in an inflatable dinghy when she slipped under the water.
She could not swim and at her inquest in April 2012, a coroner ruled her death was an accident.
Cotswold District Council, which carried out the health and safety investigation into the accident, said it would not be able to publish the report until after the inquest.
However, 15 months down the line, and more than three year's after the girl's death, the report has still to be completed.
CDC leader Lyndon Stowe told the Standard that money had been set aside in case legal action was needed once the report was finished.
Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said he was disappointed the report had taken so long.
"I do not believe it should have taken three years for this report to be published and so I would urge CDC to publish it urgently so that Kajil's family can finally have the answers to the questions that have been hanging over them for so long," he added.
Somerford Keynes Parish Council had raised concerns over the safety levels at the attraction before Kajil's death.
Members are also disappointed no report has been published.
Sarah Powell, chairman of Somerford Keynes Parish Council, said: "I think Cotswold District Council has a duty of care to produce a report so long after the incident happened.
"I would have thought that if the inquest happened 15 months ago, then a report should be published."
CDC has put together an independent panel that will consider the report once it is finally published.
The panel will be made up of Sir Edward Horsfall for the Conservatives, Cllr Lee Searles for the Liberal Democrats and Cllr Chris Hancock, who is independent.
Cotswold Country Park and Beach is operated by holiday home developer Watermark.
A spokesman for the company said: "As far as we’re concerned, the case is closed."
A spokesman for CDC said this week that a detailed investigation was ongoing.
“The council expects to make a decision about the findings of the investigation in the near future," he added. "It will be necessary to communicate this decision to third parties, in particular the family of Kajil Devi, before making any further public announcement.”
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