Mckayla Bruynius, and her father Rudy, have both passed away following a tragic sea accident in Cornwall.
The two-year-old girl was fishing with her parents and two siblings last Friday when they were dragged into the water by a freak wave.
Rudy passed away following the incident and Mckayla had been fighting for her life on a ventilator until yesterday evening.
Her mother, Lisinda, released a statement paying tribute to her husband and daughter.
“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.”
She continued: “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.”
Lisinda thanked the RNLI, the staff at Royal Cornwall Hospital, the staff at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, the emergency services and all those who showed their support for the family.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Jarrod Yewen, from Newquay CID, said: “This is a tragic case for all those involved and our thoughts remain with the family at what is a deeply traumatic time for them.”
A family friend 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.
The latest update on the page reads:
“McKayla is now peacefully resting with her Daddy. She went last night. Rest well little Angel we will miss you more than words can say. All our prayers and thoughts are now with Lisinda and the boys, we know the road ahead will be rocky and very very hard. May they find the strength. Thank you for your continued support and care. Armand and Madelein.”