Drowned toddler ‘loved the water’

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A TODDLER’S ‘natural curiosity’ and love of water may have led to his death, an inquest was told on Wednesday.

Nineteen-month-old Kai Game drowned while on a camping holiday with his parents at the Skegness Water Leisure Park on September 3.

The tot was found by his father Neil Game floating in a lake at the park a short time after he was noticed missing.

During the inquest Mr Game described how Kai loved swimming and the water and how the family affectionately called bath time ‘splish-splash’.

He said: “We used to say come on lets go splish-splash and he’d be waiting at the bottom of the stairs and then shoot up them like a rocket.”

He said Kai had been swimming and was already using armbands.

Mr Game told the inquest how the family, from Peterborough, had planned to stay just the one night and were aware of water at the park but were unfamiliar with where.

They had difficulty putting their tent up throughout the day, even after being joined by family friends.

During the afternoon Kai, his step-sister and another young girl played around the area including climbing a nearby mound which was later discovered to be near the water.

Mr Game said Kai had to army-crawl down the mound backwards.

At around 5pm, they decided to take a break from the tent.

It was at this point Kai was discovered missing only a short period of time after a family friend had last been with him.

A frantic search of the area began and shortly after Mr Game found Kai in the nearby lake.

He was helped out of the lake by an unknown man, but Kai was pronounced dead at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital at 6pm.

A post-mortem found his death was consistent ‘with the effects of immersion’.

Despite an extensive investigation, police found no witnesses to what happened to Kai.

The coroner Paul Smith, sitting at Horncastle Registration Office, recorded a verdict of accidental death.