A two-year-old girl who was swept into the sea at Newquay with her father last week has died.McKayla Bruynius died at Bristol Children’s Hospital last night. She and her father were knocked into the sea by a large wave amid strong winds at Fistral Beach last Friday. Her father Rudy, aged 33, died that day. Five other people were killed in tragedies around the British coast within a 24-hour period.
McKayla’s mother Lisinda paid tribute to her husband and daughter in a statement released through Devon and Cornwall Police. “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. 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.”
The family are from Croydon in south London, and were on holiday in the area. Mrs Bruynius was also been swept into the sea and sustained minor injuries. Two other children in the family had managed to scramble onto rocks.