Police appeal after ghouls post videos of Bournemouth beach tragedy online

Bournemouth: Police provide update following beach deaths

Police have issued an appeal to members of the public to share clips of Wednesday’s Bournemouth beach tragedy with them rather than posting them online after graphic clips emerged of two people receiving CPR.

A 12-year-old girl from Buckinghamshire and a 17-year-old boy from Southampton died after suffering what was described as “critical injuries” in the sea, with RNLI lifeguards also rescuing eight other children from the water.

However, in the midst of frantic and ultimately fruitless efforts to save the lives of the two youngsters, rubberneckers filmed the distressing scenes.

Footage has been shared across social media, with one user uploading clips apparently showing people receiving first aid with upbeat music playing in the background.

Nicola Holton, who was on the beach with her partner and two children at the time, said: “There were loads of idiots ignoring lifeguard requests to get out of the water and clear the beach.”

Speaking to the Mirror, she added: “People were running towards those having CPR filming on their phones.”

Another clip appeared to show one person filming a medic running to the scene and yelling: “Oh s**t. You run boy. Run, Forrest Run.”

Former GP Dr Rob Rosa, who is now one of UK’s Chief Medical Officers, and who ran down to offer assistance, told the Mail: “Those videoing the desperate CPR attempts should think long and hard at their actions.

“The tragic death of a child is not something anyone should voyeuristically observe.”

One man aged in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after the tragedy but has since been released under police investigation.

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Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Dorset Police Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Farrell urged people to avoid speculation about the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

She added: “We know the beach was very busy when this incident occurred.

“I am today urging anyone who saw what happened, or has any information that may assist our investigation, to please come forward.

“I would also ask anyone with relevant phone footage that may assist our enquiries to submit it to Dorset Police via the Major Incident Public Portal quoting Operation Marble rather than sharing it on social media.”

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She added: “I would like to sincerely thank the members of the public who went to help the people in trouble in the water.

“I am also very grateful for the wider beachgoers who cleared the beach really quickly and allowed the emergency services to do their work.

Anyone with information has been asked to submit it via 

If they are unable to submit information online, they can call 101 quoting occurrence number 55230083818.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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