A 17-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl died after being pulled from the sea near Bournemouth pier at around 4.30pm on Wednesday. This is the tragic aftermath of an “incident”, the circumstances of which remain unexplained. It is not clear how the two teenagers were injured. Eight other people were also assisted by the emergency services, but their lives are not in danger. The police are investigating the cause of the tragedy.
Two teenagers, a 12-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy, were “seriously injured” while swimming in the sea near a pier in Bournemouth, Dorset. Both were pulled from the water, but died at the hospital. It is not clear what exactly happened. Eight other people were treated by paramedics “due to non-life-threatening injuries”.
The Coast Guard said it had conducted searches to make sure there were no other people in the water. One witness told the BBC that “rescuers started getting on jet skis and boats, searching the sea, and about 20 minutes later a second ambulance arrived. The entire search and rescue operation took an hour and a half.”
A ship surrounded by a police cordon
The tragic “incident”, the circumstances of which are currently being investigated, occurred on Wednesday at 16:32 local time. A man in his 40s who was in the water at the time was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, Dorset Police said on the same day. However, he was released on Thursday evening.
According to British media reports, the police have confiscated a pleasure boat called the Dorset Belle in Poole harbour. A police source told The Times that “this ship is surrounded by a police cordon, no one is allowed to board or touch the ship.”
Superintendent Neil Corrigan said in a statement that the beach was full of beachgoers at the time and appealed for anyone with any information to come forward. “We are in the early stages of the investigation and ask that we not speculate about the circumstances surrounding the incident,” he said.
During a press conference on Thursday, police said the young men who died had not jumped off a pier, been hit by a jet ski or had “physical contact” with a boat, which has been speculated.
“Danger is always present”
Bournemouth, full of beachgoers these days, is shaken by the tragedy. Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns expressed his condolences to the families of the dead and said the incident was “an important lesson that our beaches and ocean can be a lot of fun, but danger is always present”.
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