Tributes to Kelly Webster and Lauren Thornton

Kelly Webster and Lauren Thornton The pair were on a privately-owned boat

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The families of a mother and daughter, killed in a suspected carbon monoxide leak on a boat in Cumbria, have paid tribute to "two beautiful girls."

Kelly Webster, 36, and Lauren Thornton, 10, of Leyland, Lancashire, were airlifted from Windermere to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, where they died.

Ms Webster's partner Matthew Eteson, 39, also from Leyland, was taken to hospital, but has now been released.

A family statement said the pair's deaths were "tragic and too soon."

It is thought a faulty generator on the boat may have been responsible for the leak of carbon monoxide on Monday.

Breathing difficulties

In a statement released by Cumbria Police, the pair's family said: "Our two beautiful girls were taken so tragically and too soon.

"We all love you so very much, words will never say. Our hearts are broken and we will miss you forever."

Lauren's father Neil Thornton added: "My darling daughter lollipop, you were everything to me, a light has gone out that will never be replaced.

"Sweet dreams, goodnight, god bless, Daddy."

Police said they were not treating the deaths as suspicious.

All three were on a boat owned by Mr Eteson on Monday afternoon, when emergency services were called to reports they were having serious breathing difficulties.

They were taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, but efforts to revive Ms Webster and her daughter failed.

The results of post-mortem examinations are due later.

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