Schoolgirl who died in North Yorkshire landslide named and photographed

A 10-year-old girl who died in a landslide during a school trip has been photographed and named. Her family described sixth-grader Leah Harrison as a “happy and cheerful” girl.

The schoolgirl, from Darlington, died following an incident at Carlton Bank, on the edge of the North York Moors, on Wednesday, May 22. The tragedy unfolded during an outdoor educational forest walk led by a Carlton Adventure instructor.

A major operation involving 30 mountain rescuers was launched to save her as heavy rain was falling in the area, but they were unable to save her. In a statement, Leah’s family said Thursday: “Leah Harrison, the happy, bubbly, carefree little girl. Her beautiful smile, the giddy laugh, the silly jokes. You will never ever be forgotten, girl. You will achieve your dream and become a Lioness player. Spread those wings. May you rest in paradise.”

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Leah was a pupil at Mount Pleasant Primary School, which is part of the Lingfield Education Trust. Its chief executive Nick Blackburn said: “Full details are still emerging but this is clearly a heartbreaking tragedy.

“Leah was a much-loved part of our school and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and school staff. In-school counseling is being organized for students and staff.

Leah Harrison’s family says she will “never be forgotten” (Image: North Yorkshire Police)

“We are all in shock and ask that the privacy of the family and the school community be respected as we try to come to terms with what happened.”

Emergency services were called on Wednesday at around 1.15pm. A spokesperson for Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team said: “Nineteen members of Cleveland MRT were deployed immediately, eventually reaching 30 on scene over the course of the afternoon and working alongside their emergency service colleagues, including the North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. in addition to ambulance services.