Everything we know about the Bournemouth beach deaths

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tragedy struck bournemouth beach as yesterday Death of two youths after being taken out of the sea.

Eight other people were pulled from the water after getting entangled in trouble off the main jetty as thousands of beach-goers enjoyed the sunny weather.

He was treated by paramedics for non-life-threatening injuries.

investigation of the circumstances surrounding the incident Launched by Dorset Police, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Dorset Police said the two deceased – a 17-year-old boy from Southampton and a 12-year-old girl from Buckinghamshire – were “critically injured”.

Police said that after preliminary enquiries, a 40-year-old man – who was on the water at the time – has been arrested on suspicion. the killing, It is believed that the man was on a jet ski.

what do we know about the area

Jet skis and other watercraft operating in Bournemouth and the Pool areas must follow specific rules between April and October.

Bournemouth is a popular seaside town on the south coast of England, popular with locals and tourists during the summer months.

According to the surf-forecast website, the average temperature in and around the sea pier area is 12.4C for the month of June and can exceed 16 in September.

The website states that the area receives a mix of “groundswells” and “windwells”, as well as warns surfers to “watch out for rips and crowds”.

A lifeguard raises a supervised swimming flag at Bournemouth beach a day after the tragedy


Bournemouth Pier presents a danger to swimmers due to all outcrops in the sea such as groins, headlands or sandbars, riptides or rip currents.

Rips, as they are commonly known, occur when water that has been pushed towards land by the ocean is moving back out, creating a channel of water that pulls back into the ocean.

Rips are often harmless, and swimmers will barely notice them, but usually around large headlands or piers, they can be powerful and pull unsuspecting swimmers and surfers out to sea, especially if there’s a big swell going on. Are.

Piers and cliffs also pose a danger in summer due to the popular pursuit of ‘tombstoning’, or cliff-jumping, where thrill-seekers hurl themselves into the sea over the edge of these outcrops.

Shallow water, collisions with people in the sea below, or landing in dangerous situations often result in injury, or even death, to people unfamiliar with the situation.

Sea conditions in Bournemouth when the incident occurred appeared to be calm, with little swell. The water temperature was 15 degrees, meaning a wetsuit is needed to swim comfortably.

The tide in Bournemouth sees two highs and two lows in any 24-hour period. Like the rest of the UK, the tidal range is large, exposing large swaths of sand at low tide.

Low tide was at 1:44pm on 31 May and was a 1m tide, while high tide was at 7:35pm and was 1.89m – making it a high tide.

This means that the incident happened at mid-tide when the water would have been pushing towards the shore.

What else did the police say?

At a press conference on Thursday, Dorset Police dismissed reports that the deceased had jumped off the pier or been hit by a jet ski.

Rachel Farrell, Assistant Chief Constable, confirmed that no swimmers had been in “physical contact” with any of the vessels.

He said several people have already got into trouble in the water and the force is probing “why this happened”.

Ms Farrell said: “As we have a person in custody, you will know that I can only provide limited information about the investigation.”

“However, to avoid further speculation, I am able to tell you that it is clear that a number of people were trapped in the water already yesterday and we are investigating the circumstances or incident that led to this.”

Ms Farrell said the two who died were not related to each other and that those involved were “different people from different families” who were assisted by “great-spirited members of the public”.

She said: “We are all really devastated that two young people have lost their lives.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Fire Officer Andy Cole, Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Farrell and Vicky Slade, local council leader


“My thoughts and those of all emergency services are with their loved ones at this horrific time and we are doing everything we can to support their families.”

Ms Farrell said: “As you can imagine, we are in the early stages of our investigation, and we would ask people not to speculate about the circumstances surrounding the incident, to protect our inquiries and There should be respect for the victims and their families.

“We are aware of a number of videos circulating on social media and we would urge people to refrain from doing so.

“We know the beach was very busy at the time of the incident today. I am urging anyone who saw what happened or has any information that could help please come forward.

“If anyone has relevant phone footage they can contact Dorset Police through our major incident public portal where they can upload images and we will share the link on social media.

“The name of this operation is Operation Marble. So please share the images with police instead of social media.”

She said: “I would like to sincerely thank the members of the public who helped people in trouble in the water and at the same time I am very grateful to the extensive beaches which have been really important for allowing emergency crews to do their job Gone off the beach.”

Witnesses saw beach goers filming the aid effort

An air ambulance lands on Bournemouth beach

(Max Wilcock/BNPS)

People on the beach said they saw other beach goers filming paramedics delivering CPR to those involved in the incident.

Nicola Holton, who was on the beach with her husband, said she saw lifeguards entering the sea trying to help “several people” who were struggling in the water.

,[There were] Loads of idiots ignoring requests for lifeguards to get out of the water and clean up the beach,” she said.

“People were running to the guys filming CPR on their phones.”

A doctor who said he was involved in attempting to revive the young girl praised the work of beach lifeguards and also hit out at those who filmed the incident.

“Those who videoed the desperate CPR efforts should work long and hard at their actions, the tragic death of a child is not something anyone should look down upon”, he pointed out mailonline,

The council will assess the security of the sea near the ghat

Vicky Slade, leader of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, said the authority was working with emergency services and would assess safety in the water near the pier.

“There are specific rules relating to buoys in the water but there is no evidence that any of these rules have been breached,” she said.

Tobias Ellwood, MP for East Bournemouth and chairman of the Commons defense committee, told Sky News that the pier was “involved” in the tragedy.

He said the local council will review its protocol regarding what can be done at the ghat.

Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns said the incident was a “safety lesson” that “the danger is always present” on beaches and at sea.

Beach-goers are stunned by the tragedy

Police confirm two youths who died on Bournemouth beach did not jump off a pier or hit a jet-ski

((Andrew Mathews/PA))

Families who arrived at the beach on Thursday spoke of their shock at the events of the previous day.

A woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s a shame, people come here just to have fun, it’s a real tragedy.”

On Thursday morning, mourners were seen keeping bunches of flowers on the beach near the ghat.