Girl, 12, and boy, 17, dead following incident off Bournemouth beach

31 May 2023, 22:53 | Updated: 1 June 2023, 15:53

Two people were pulled from the sea in Bournemouth by the coastguard following reports of people "in difficulty in the water".
Two people were pulled from the sea in Bournemouth by the coastguard following reports of people "in difficulty in the water". Picture: Twitter/@buhalis

By Chris Samuel

A 12-year-old girl and a 17-year-old-boy have died following a "major incident" at a beach in Bournemouth.

Dorset Police said a man in his 40s, who was on the water at the time, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

It comes after emergency services attended a "major incident" earlier on Wednesday.

Dorset Police are working alongside the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to establish what happened.

Police said at around 4.30pm they received a report from paramedics of people needing assistance on the beach off Bournemouth Pier.

Ten people were recovered from the water, though a boy, 17, and a girl, 12, had sustained critical injuries.

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They were airlifted to hospital but later died, the force said.

Their families have been informed.

The other eight people were treated non-life-threatening injuries at the scene.

Police rule out contact between swimmers and vessel off Bournemouth beach

The boy, 17, and the girl, 12, were rushed to hospital following the incident
The boy, 17, and the girl, 12, were rushed to hospital following the incident. Picture: Twitter/@buhalis

Photos posted by onlookers on social media showed helicopters landing on the beach and a number of emergency service vehicles.

A spokesperson for South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) said it sent multiple teams to the scene, including six double-crewed ambulances, two air ambulances, a hazardous area response team, and a critical care car.

The service said it searched the water to make sure no one else was missing and was "satisfied there are not".

Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Corrigan, of Dorset Police, said: "Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the young people who tragically died and we are doing all we can to support their families.

"I understand the beach was very busy at the time of the incident and I would ask anyone with information that may assist our enquiries to please come forward.

Photos posted by onlookers on social media showed helicopters landing on the beach and a number of emergency service vehicles.
Photos posted by onlookers on social media showed helicopters landing on the beach and a number of emergency service vehicles. Picture: Twitter/@buhalis

"We are at the early stages of our investigation and would ask people not to speculate about the circumstances surrounding the incident."

Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns offered his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, writing on Twitter that the incident was a "salutary lesson that our beaches and ocean can give much pleasure but danger is ever present".

"A dreadful event in circumstances when they were enjoying beautiful weather in our town. So sad," he said.

"Thanks to the lifeguards and the Air Ambulance who we can take for granted."

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact Dorset Police via its website or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230083818. Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously via its website or on freephone 0800 555 111.

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