Tribute paid to 'beautiful daughter' who died in banana sled accident

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

Mari-Simon Cronje, left, 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 bailed.

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In a statement, the Cronje family said they were still battling to come to terms with the news.

Mari-Simon was taken to West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth, where she died.

The Princes Club, which closed after the incident to allow investigations to be carried out, said in a statement: “Princes Sporting Club and everyone associated with it is devastated by the accident. At this terrible time our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Mari-Simon Cronje’s family and friends.”