River Avon boat accident girl 'out of immediate danger'

Julian Mynott with his son Freddie Julian Mynott and his son Freddie died in the boating accident on Saturday

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A girl involved in an accident on the River Avon in which her father and three-year-old brother died is out of immediate danger, police said.

The family's rowing boat capsized near the weir in Barford, Warwickshire on Saturday.

The bodies of Julian Mynott, 42, and his son Freddie, were recovered from the river.

The six-year-old girl, who is understood to be called Florence, is in a serious but stable condition.

She remains in hospital in Leicester after suffering a cardiac arrest in the accident.

'All devastated'

Florence's seven-year-old brother Archie was discharged from hospital on Monday.

Local residents in Barford helped rescue the two children with more than 50 personnel from the police, ambulance and fire service also involved on Saturday evening.

In a statement, Mr Mynott's wife, Emma, who was not in the boat, said she wanted to thank everyone involved in the rescue effort.

She said: "We are all devastated by what has happened, but I want to thank my neighbours and all the people from the community who have helped and offered support, and the many people who have sent good will messages.

Barford The family were caught in fast-moving water near the weir on the River Avon in Barford

"The children's school in particular has been very helpful and supportive at this difficult time, for which we are very grateful.

'Close-knit community'

"I would also like to express my immense gratitude to everyone involved in the massive effort on Saturday evening to rescue my family.

"I would also like to express my immense gratitude to everyone involved in the massive effort on Saturday evening to rescue my family.

"I would like to thank all the emergency services and all other agencies who were there, and who have become involved since."

Insp Adrian Davis said: "The level of support and offers of assistance from the local community on Saturday was unparalleled.

"It cannot be underestimated how an incident of this sort can affect everyone involved."

He added that the "close-knit community" was sharing in the "terrible loss".

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