Wednesday, 19 Jun 2024

Boy, 17, and girl, 12, die in Bournemouth beach ‘major incident’ as man arrested

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    A 17-year-old-boy and a girl aged 12 have both died after a "major incident" at Bournemouth Beach.

    A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and an investigation by detectives under way, Dorset Police said.

    Earlier today (Wednesday), the popular tourist beach was evacuated, with 10 people in total recovered from the water.

    Several eyewitnesses on social media report seeing two air ambulances flying overhead, as well as police jet skis searching the waters in the area.

    A spokesman from Dorset Police has now confirmed that both the child and teenager died in hospital after suffering "critical injuries".

    Officers were called to the busy beach at around 4.30pm by the ambulance service requesting assistance on the beach off Bournemouth Pier.

    An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident has been launched with Dorset Police working alongside the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in accordance with established protocols.

    Following enquiries, a man aged in his 40s who police say was "on the water" at the time has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

    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.

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

    Police are also appealing for information from the public.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at or by calling 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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