Three-year-old girl killed by falling rock at Vancouver Island resort

Two large rocks are seen behind police tape at a mini-golf course at Mount Washington Alpine Report where a child died on Friday. Global News

A three-year-old is dead after an accident on a mini-golf course at a resort on Vancouver Island.

It happened Friday afternoon at the Mount Washington Alpine Resort, about 30 kilometres west of Courtenay.

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According to a statement from the resort, the girl was playing the game with her brother and parents when “a rock dislodged from above and struck her, rendering her unconscious.”

Images from the scene showed a pair of large boulders that appeared to have fallen from a retaining wall, next to a section of the golf course behind police tape.

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The girl’s parents brought her back to the resort lodge, where staff performed first aid and called 911.

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Both ground and air ambulances responded, but first aid staff and paramedics were unable to revive the girl.

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“This is such a sad tragedy,” Mount Washington general manager Dean Prentice said in a statement.

“The team at Mount Washington extends our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of this little girl. It is just devastating, and our hearts break for them.”

The mini golf-course, which is operated by the resort, has since been closed.

The B.C. RCMP and BC Coroners Service are investigating the death.

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