Police are investigating whether a “ship wash” on a Bournemouth beach may have led to the deaths of two children, MPs said.
A 17-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were killed in the accident and eight others were injured. The terror happened yesterday in East Beach around 4:30pm.
aA man in his 40s, who was in Minakami at the time, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
Social media had previously speculated that swimmers had jumped off a pier in Bournemouth and were run over by jet skis.
But at a press conference on the beach this afternoon, Assistant Sergeant Rachel Farrell denied that theory.
This time, a member of parliament gave an insight into the content of the police investigation.
He said he found “watercraft” in the waters around Bournemouth Pier when the children got into trouble.
A Conservative MP from Westbournemouth said: “It is hard to come to the conclusion that the ship may not have made physical contact with the young people, but perhaps its speed created a situation that made it even more dangerous to be in the water. I don’t think it’s that far away,” he said. to go. ”
Among the victims were 10 young people in trouble. swimming At sea around the Victorian Pier.
A desperate resuscitation attempt was made on the beach before the boy and girl were airlifted. hospital They were later confirmed dead.
The girl was from the Buckinghamshire area and was visiting Bournemouth at the time. This teenage boy was from Southampton.
Eight other children, aged between 13 and 18, were rescued from the water by rescuers. RNLI There was a lifeguard and we were inspected on the beach.
Dorset Police Sergeant Rachel Farrell said: “It is clear that many people who were already in the water were in trouble and we are investigating the circumstances that led to this.” said.
“Our initial investigations indicate that there was no physical contact with the vessel or swimmers at the time.
“There is no indication that people jumping off the pier or jet skis were involved.”
There is a yellow sign buoy 200 meters from the beach limiting the speed of personal watercraft operating within the area to 6 knots.
BCP Council Leader Vicky Slade said there was no evidence these rules were violated.
Yesterday, beachgoers were shocked when a large number of emergency services rushed in to save the children.
A dramatic photo captures an air ambulance landing on a beach while firefighters are dispatched with the Coast Guard and Fire Brigade. police.
One of the witnesses, Litta Salcella, said her daughter and her friend were at sea at that moment and saw what had happened.
“When they came back out of the water, I saw a teenage boy struggling and another one floating in the water,” she said.
Nicola Holton, 43, and Stuart Clark, 42, were at the beach with their two children when the tragedy struck.
They said the summer landscape had become “some”.. ”
“As we were walking to the east side of the pier, at least one, but probably several, jet skiers crossed the right side of the pier,” Clark said.
“At the time, we didn’t really care about them. All afternoon there was an announcement telling people not to climb the pier. was.”
” torrent As soon as I started swimming in the water, I saw several swimmers in trouble out at sea.The announcement we received was about danger at 4pm.
“When the lifeguard jet ski brought the young man back to shore, it was really confusing. It was clear he wasn’t alive. And they were “others in the water.”
“We also saw a young girl taken away, but she also had no visible injuries.
“It was like a scene from a horror movie,” Holton said. “It was a beautiful afternoon and after a strange announcement telling children not to climb the pier, everything seemed to calm down.” rice field.
“When we first spotted the distressed swimmers, they were far away on the east side of the pier.
“Lifeguards jumped into the water with surfboards, but it looked like it took them a long time to get there. There was an announcement to get out of the water and the lifeguards began to bring people back to shore.
“I saw some people being taken to the lifeguard tents and then a young man and a girl being taken out. We were packing our things to leave as quickly as possible.
“There were a lot of idiots ignoring lifeguard requests to come out of the water and clean the beach. People were running towards people filming CPR on their cellphones.”
Flowers were laid on the beach in memory of the children who lost their lives today.
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