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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 15:14

Family of teenager who fell into water tank release statement

The family of the teenager who died this weekend after she fell into a water tank on a farm west of Brandon has released a statement about their daughter.

Jordyn Simson, who was 14 years old, lived with her family in Souris. She was visiting a family friend’s farm in the Rm of Whitehead near Alexander.

In a statement to the CBC the family says "Jordyn was a teenager faced with many challenges being born with a lack of oxygen to the brain. She was a child dealing with a severe disability, she had uncontrollable seizures, cortically blind and relied on 24-hour assistance to feed, bath and change her. It is believed she was at the acreage enjoying outside, walking around the house in the yard. "[Her] caregiver was at the front of the house. Jordyn strayed off the main path and is believed that in one of her stepping motions, [she] raised her foot and as it touched the side of the opening [of the water tank], continued to raise her foot and the lid slid off."

RCMP have said the opening of the water tank was near ground level and she fell about six metres down into the water after the lid came off.

The accident happened quickly and the caregiver was not able to get to her in time. The fire department had arrived on scene 10 after a call to 911 was made.

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