Teen Girl Dies at Sea World Theme Park

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A holiday in Orlando, Florida for a family from Cardiff, Wales took a devastating turn as 13-year-old Anna Beaumont was found unresponsive in a pool at Discovery Cove. The situation unfolded at approximately 11:30 AM on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. Anna was quickly rushed to a local hospital in a critical state and succumbed to her injuries the following day.

Anna, an eighth-year student at Radyr Comprehensive School in Cardiff, was visiting Discovery Cove with her family. The resort, known for its immersive animal interactions such as dolphin swims and snorkeling amidst tropical fish, is popular among tourists. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida issued a statement extending their condolences. The cause of Anna’s death was confirmed as drowning by the county medical examiner.

Discovery Cove, a member of the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment group, offered a public statement in response to the incident: “Our thoughts are with this family. Staff attended to an emergency involving a guest and administered care until emergency personnel arrived. Once the emergency team was on the scene, they assumed care and transported the guest to a nearby hospital.” The resort expressed its decision to refrain from further comments in order to respect the family’s privacy.

Radyr Comprehensive School is grappling with the loss of Anna. Andrew Williams, the Headteacher, expressed his condolences: “The idea of losing a child is an unimaginable ordeal, and on behalf of the entire school community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Anna’s family as they cope with their loss. Anna was a beloved member of our school, and her absence will be deeply felt by students, staff, and everyone who knew the young girl. Her spirit, kindness, and presence left a lasting impact on many lives.”

The school has reached out to parents, outlining support plans for students and emphasizing the importance of open communication during this challenging period.

The UK Foreign Office has also stepped in, offering consular support to Anna’s family. A representative stated, “We are in touch with the family following the death of a child in the United States and are providing consular support during this difficult time.”

The incident has cast a sobering shadow over Discovery Cove, a destination typically associated with joyous family memories and unique marine experiences. As investigations into the incident continue, the Beaumont family’s heartbreak stands in stark contrast to the park’s usual atmosphere.

Back in Cardiff, the community mourns the untimely loss of Anna. Remembered as a vibrant and kind-hearted young girl, Anna’s absence is deeply felt among friends and family. Amidst this tragedy, the school and local community are rallying together to provide support, ensuring that no one has to face their sorrow in isolation.

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