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Monday 15 September 2014

Heart problem link to trip tragedy

Ruby Dench - The 11-year-old girl who died suddenly after falling ill in the Highlands, was on a school trip to an outdoor centre.
Ruby Dench - The 11-year-old girl who died suddenly after falling ill in the Highlands, was on a school trip to an outdoor centre.
Ruby Dench was in her final year at Whiteabbey Primary School.
Ruby Dench was in her final year at Whiteabbey Primary School.
The school's headmaster Peter Wright
The school's headmaster Peter Wright

An 11-year-old girl who died on a school trip to the Scottish Highlands is thought to have suffered from a heart abnormality, it has emerged.

Ruby Dench, from Northern Ireland, fell unconscious while staying at the Loch Insh Outdoor Centre near Aviemore earlier this month.

The year seven pupil from Whiteabbey primary in Co Antrim was one of 58 schoolchildren visiting the centre.

Police Scotland said a post-mortem examination indicated that Ruby died as a result of an abnormality in her heart.

The full results will not be available for another few weeks.

"There is no indication that the death was in any way connected to facilities at the watersports centre," a spokesman said.

Ruby was found unconscious at about 2.30am on May 8. Attempts were made to resuscitate her but she was later pronounced dead at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

In a statement, her family said they were devastated at the loss of "our precious Ruby".

Whiteabbey primary principal Peter Wright said she had been an exceptional pupil who was bright, vivacious and talented.

Police Scotland said a full inquiry would be carried out into the circumstances of Ruby's death. A report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.

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