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Death cadet 'feared for future'

Kaylee McIntosh
Kaylee McIntosh drowned after a boating accident in 2007

The army cadet who drowned on a boating exercise feared her future dreams of having a family would never come true, her parents have revealed.

Kaylee McIntosh, 14, from Fyvie in Aberdeenshire, died when a boat overturned on Loch Carnan on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides in August 2007.

A sheriff said on Wednesday precautions could have prevented her death.

Kaylee's parents said she had written her thoughts in a school exercise which they had found.

They had expressed "disgust" after the publication of the report into her death after a fatal accident inquiry.

She had all her dreams and all her life ahead of her and the Army robbed her of that by failing in their basic responsibility to take care of our precious daughter
Derek McIntosh
Kaylee's father

A headcount error meant Kaylee was trapped under the boat for 90 minutes before it was noticed she was missing.

She had been wearing the wrong type of life jacket, which resulted in her being pinned beneath the boat.

Her parents claimed the Army "murdered" Kaylee and have called for criminal charges to be brought against all of those involved.

Kaylee's mother Lesley has now revealed she came across a school exercise in which Kaylee was asked to write down thoughts about her life and her hopes for the future.

'A premonition'

Mrs McIntosh said: "It is full of her dreams of getting into the Army and settling down and having kids.

"But one line simply says: 'I think my dreams about family won't come true'.

"I can't think why she would write something like that unless she had some sort of premonition about the future.

Lesley McIntosh
Lesley McIntosh said her daughter was normally very positive

"She was a really happy, bubbly carefree girl, and always full of life. It's just not like her to have negative thoughts".

Kaylee's father Derek said: "It's really heartbreaking reading Kaylee's dreams for the future.

"She had all her dreams and all her life ahead of her and the Army robbed her of that by failing in their basic responsibility to take care of our precious daughter."

Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen presided over a 10-day fatal accident inquiry.

He said the inquiry had found that a number of precautions could have been taken which would have avoided the accident or prevented Kaylee's death.

Brigadier David Allfrey, commanding officer of 51 Brigade - who are responsible for the Army Reserve and Cadets - said: "We are deeply sorry for the failings that contributed to Kaylee's death."



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