A TWO-YEAR-OLD girl died after falling into a river while reportedly feeding the ducks just metres away from her mum.
Ruby Tyers had gone to The Embankment near Peterborough city centre with her mother Wendy Gray who was helping out at the Key Feste arts’ festival on Sunday.
Tributes and flowers have been left at the scene
Ruby’s older step-brother Harrison Hepton, 19, visited the scene of the tragedy today to lay a floral tribute.
He told how their mother had been working at the festival at the time.
He said: “Someone told mum there was a girl in the river.
“My mother screamed.
“I wasn’t anywhere near.
He described Ruby as a ‘regular’ two year old girl, energetic and curious.
Local carpet fitter, Andrew Marseden, witnessed the tragedy.
The 36-year-old said there were around 500 people milling around the riverside walkway and nearby tents but no-one had spotted the girl in the water at first.
Andrew added: “She was feeding the ducks and fell in face first.
“Mum was helping out disabled kids and near some tents in front of the river where the girl fell in.
“The little girl would have been about 30 feet way.
“It’s not the family’s fault. My kids wander off all the time.”
He expressed his concern that the local council had not installed railings along that stretch of river.
The incident happened at a riverside near Peterborough city centre on Sunday afternoon
Emergency services pictured at the scene
An air ambulance landed close to the Key Feste event on The Embankment and rushed the girl to hospitalCredit: Terry Harris
Credit: Terry Harris
Initially Ruby’s condition was described as “critical but stable”, however she sadly “took a turn for the worse” and died at Peterborough City Hospital this morning.
Police say there are no suspicious circumstances and it is being treated as a “tragic accident”.
A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: “Emergency services were called to the The Embankment in Peterborough at 3.15pm yesterday to reports of a child in the water.
“A two-year-old girl was taken to hospital. She was initially described as in a critical but stable condition but sadly she took a turn for the worse in the last few hours and has sadly passed away.”
Arts festival Key Feste was underway at the time of the tragedy and events were halted while emergency services attended.
Dramatic pictures show the air ambulance and dozens of police officers at the scene on the River Nene.
Officers from Cambridgeshire Police were called to the scene at about 3.15pm yesterdayCredit: Terry Harris