SA family Crowdfunding

South African family flooded with support following tragic sea accident in Cornwall

A little girl is fighting for her life and her father has died after being swept out to sea in Newquay.

SA family Crowdfunding

A father of three has died and his little daughter is fighting for her life after they were swept off the rocks in Newquay Cornwall on Friday.

The South African family live in Surrey and were spending their holidays in Cornwall when the tragic accident occurred.

The two-year-old girl was fishing with her parents and two siblings when they were dragged into the water by a freak wave.

Two lifeboats and a helicopter belonging to the coastguard team rushed to their aid after receiving a 999 call.

The two other children managed to climb back onto the rocks to safety and were taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries. An RNLI lifeboat recovered the family from the water and the mother was taken back to shore on a jetski.

The father and toddler were airlifted in separate helicopters to hospital, but unfortunately the father was declared dead on Friday.

The little girl reportedly remains in a serious condition following the incident.

A friend of the family set up a JustGiving page to provide financial support for the family in their time of need. To date the page has raised just under £38,000.

However, the support has not only been monetary, with people offering meals, their homes, lifts and play dates to help the family in whatever way they can.

The most recent update from the page reads:

“Hallo everyone. Since McKayla has been moved to the Bristol children’s hospital she has been undergoing many many tests, of which the biggest is the MRI she had to determine the amount of damage to her brain. The test results are not known yet and Lisinda is keeping constant vigil at her bedside. We will let you know as soon as our little fighter’s results are released to us. The hospital staff have been so fantastic and are doing everything they can. Please Pray for Mckayla!!!!!!!”

Find out more on the JustGiving page