Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Family tribute to boat tragedy girl

A sign at the Princes Sports Club where Mari-Simon Cronje, 11, died
The lake at the Princes Sports Club where 11-year-old Mari-Simon Cronje died after she fell off a banana water sled
A police officer stands next to a sign on the gates of the club

The parents of an 11-year-old girl who died after she fell off a banana water sled and was struck by a speedboat have paid tribute to their "beautiful" daughter.

Mari-Simon Cronje was at a children's birthday party when she suffered fatal injuries in the accident in a lake at the Princes sports club near Feltham, west London, on Saturday.

A 22-year-old man, understood to be the driver of the motorboat which had been towing the girl, was arrested and later released on bail.

In a statement, the Cronje family said: "Our beautiful 11-year-old daughter, Mari-Simon Cronje, was killed in a tragic water sports accident on Saturday afternoon at Princes Club, Bedfont near Feltham.

"She was a guest at a children's birthday party.

"We are still battling to come to terms with the news.

"We would ask the press and public to respect the family's privacy and let us grieve in peace. Thank you."

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