Press statement of the Devon Summer Holiday Campout Committee
For the sixth year running, we have organized a week long summer holiday campout for members of Narcotics Anonymous and their families at Knapp House in Northam, near Bideford, and for the sixth year in a row, we have all enjoyed a wonderful week of sharing lives of complete freedom from drug and alcohol use.
Our members have enjoyed the wonderful setting, visits to local beaches, and as has been true throughout out our relationship with Knapp House, great service from them.
One of the activities we organize with Knapp House is the supervised use of their swimming pool with their trained life guards.
Vary tragically today, something has gone horrifically wrong, and a young child of one of our members drowned in the pool.
We are not aware of the exact details of how this happened, and the police are obviously investigating.
As a committee, we have worked tirelessly to try to provide a fabulous event for our fellow NA members, and we are devastated that a truly wonderful week has ended so tragically.
We find all attempt at expressing our sorrow and concern for the parents and siblings of this child inadequate, but as is normal in our fellowship, they will have plenty of support as they face their tragedy.
In Narcotics Anonymous, we share no specific religious beliefs, but the entire campsite formed a circle, held hands, and prayed for the family and their lost child.
In line with our tradition of anonymity, we are happy to provide any further information we can (please email the UKNA Press Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org), but will seek to protect the personal identity of our members. We hope the press will respect this fundamental principle of our fellowship.