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Tributes paid to river death girl
Charlotte Shaw
Charlotte Shaw was described as "bright and intelligent"
A schoolgirl who died after being swept away on a training expedition on Dartmoor has been described as one of her school's "shining lights".

Fourteen-year-old Charlotte Shaw, from Frithelstock Stone in Devon, was in a party of 10 from Edgehill College training for the Ten Tors Challenge.

She was swept away by water at the rain-swollen Walla Brook on Sunday and died in hospital on Monday.

In a statement the school said she was "missed in so many ways".

A beautiful girl in every respect
Tony and Georgina Jenkins

The statement said Charlotte "exemplified Edgehill's approach to life with her great desire to participate and her infectious, supportive enthusiasm".

"A bright and intelligent girl, Charlotte contributed widely both in school and beyond, captaining her school netball and gymnastics teams and representing local clubs," the statement said.

Charlotte was described as one of the school's "shining lights" who did "everything with a smile".

Dartmoor rescue
Three school teams were airlifted after heavy rain

Neighbours in Frithelstock Stone said Charlotte's mother Jennifer was "devastated" by her loss.

Tony and Georgina Jenkins said Charlotte "was a beautiful girl in every respect".

"Her mum is devastated."

The neighbours said Mrs Shaw had brought Charlotte up alone, since the death of her husband five years ago.

An inquest into Charlotte's death in Plymouth was told she was swept away when she dropped some of her kit into the water and fell in when she leaned to retrieve it.

There were a total of 85 groups on the moor last weekend training for the Ten Tors challenge and the police have spoken to members of Charlotte's Ten Tors group as part of an investigation for the coroner.

The Army, which organises the Ten Tors event - now in its 47th year - has said there were no plans to cancel or change it.


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