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Girl, 11, dies during school trip

An 11-year-old girl has died suddenly after falling ill on a school trip to an outdoor centre.

Police said they are investigating the unexplained death near the village of Kincraig in the Scottish Highlands. Ruby Dench was visiting Loch Inch Outdoor Centre with a party of schoolchildren from Northern Ireland.

Emergency services were called when she was found unconscious at around 2.30am on Wednesday after feeling unwell. Attempts were made to resuscitate Ruby and she was later pronounced dead at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Several of the children in the party reported feeling unwell, police said.

"As a precaution, some of the children who had also been feeling unwell were examined by a doctor," a spokeswoman for Police Scotland said. "None of these children had serious symptoms and gave no cause for any concern.

"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."

Police said the death is unexplained and that a post-mortem examination will be carried out on Thursday. The child's family have been informed.

Ruby was a year seven pupil at Whiteabbey Primary School in Co Antrim.

Stormont's Education Minister John O'Dowd expressed his condolences. He said: "It was with deep sadness and regret that I heard about the death of a pupil from Whiteabbey Primary School while on a school trip.

"My thoughts are with the child's family and indeed the pupils, teachers and wider school community at what is a profoundly distressing time. The North Eastern Education and Library Board stands ready to provide support, including access to counselling, to the pupils and teachers in the days and weeks ahead."

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