A two-year-old girl who was swept into the sea at Newquay with her father last week has died.
National News Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Mckayla Bruynius died at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children on Tuesday night, police said.
Her father Rudy Bruynius also died following the incident at South Fistral Beach in Newquay on Friday afternoon.
The family of five, from Morden in south-west London, were on holiday in Cornwall when the accident happened.
Her father Rudy, aged 33, died that day. Five other people were killed in tragedies around the British coast within a 24-hour period.
"Rudy was a loving, caring and supportive husband, father and friend," she said.
"He had a great sense of humour and was an active person. He always put other people first. McKayla was a busy bee and always happy.
"I am in disbelief at what has happened. I am so shocked at how quickly the sea condition changed on that day whilst we were enjoying a family time together in Cornwall.
"I pray that others can learn from our tragedy as I do not wish for anybody to go through our grief.
"I would like to thank the RNLI, the staff at Royal Cornwall Hospital, the staff from Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, the emergency services and all the members of public for their generous support and prayers they have given towards my family.
"I would especially like to thank the people of Cornwall for their messages of love and offers of help.
"I will never forget the close community spirit displayed towards us.
"Please respect our privacy at this really difficult time and allow my sons and I to try to come to terms with what has happened."
Mrs Bruynius had also been swept into the sea and sustained minor injuries.
Two other children in the family had managed to scramble onto rocks.
The family are from Croydon in south London, and were on holiday in the area.
An appeal to help them has so far raised more than £32,000.