Police continue to investigate beach tragedy which left two children dead

Polcie in Dorset have ruled out contact between a vessel and swimmers who were injured at Bournemouth Beach on Wednesday. A 17-year-old-boy and a girl aged 12 died, and a man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after the incident off Bournemouth beach.

The force said in a statement: “We continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident that occurred yesterday resulting in the deaths of a 12-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy.

“We are working with partner agencies to understand what has caused the tragedy.

“However, early investigation indicates that there was no physical contact between a vessel and any swimmers at the time of the incident.

“We are investigating the circumstances that caused a number of swimmers to get into difficulty. Further information will be released as the investigation progresses.”

The statement comes after feverish speculation online that the children who died and the people injured may have been hit by a jet ski, boat or even a surfboard. However, Dorset Police’s statement now rules that out.

Emergency services rushed to the beach and recovered 10 pepople from the water after they were called at about 4.30pm.

The force said the boy and girl sustained “critical injuries”, and later died in hospital. The other eight people were treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.

Witnesses have described harrowing scenes at the popular beach which was packed with people during the half-term holiday.

Nicola Holton, who was at the beach with her husband, told MailOnline that “idiots” ran up to the scene and started filming with their phones.

She said: “[There were] loads of idiots ignoring lifeguard requests to get out of the water and clear the beach. People were running towards those having CPR filming on their phones.”

The witness continued: “One lifeguard went to rescue two swimmers struggling but he couldn’t bring them in. He spotted another person struggling and a second lifeguard went out to them but there were multiple people in trouble.”

Ms Holton added that another lifeguard was trying to get everyone out of the water and the ambulance service came to the struggling person rescued by this second lifeguard. More lifeguards then arrived to rescue another swimmer near the pier.

She said: “I will never ever get the image out of my head of him being brought out. They cleared the beach for the air ambulance. Then another was spotted and again brought to shore to be worked on. Absolutely horrible.”

Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to the emergency services after a huge rescue operation was launched with the sands around the pier cleared so two air ambulances could land.

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis told “Rescue services, lifeguards and the Bournemouth Christchurch Poole council seafront staff worked frantically to rescue the casualties and to ensure the safety of the people on the beach.

“It was a glorious day on a half term so there were many people around enjoying themselves. It is really sad that young people lost their lives and our thoughts should be with their families and friends.”

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council leader, Cllr Vikki Slade, said on Wednesday: “We are heartbroken to hear the news that two young people rescued at Bournemouth Beach earlier today have died, and our thoughts are with their family and all those involved in the rescue.”

Conor Burns, the MP for Bournemouth West, described what happened as a “salutary lesson” that “danger is ever present” on beaches and the ocean.

He said: “Thoughts with everyone associated with the dreadful events unfolding in Bournemouth this evening.

“A salutary lesson that our beaches and ocean can give much pleasure but danger is ever present. Thanks to the Life Guards and the Air Ambulance who we can take for granted.”

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