A man in his 40s has been detained on suspicion of manslaughter after an incident off the coast of Bournemouth beach that claimed the lives of a 12-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy, according to Dorset Police.
The paramedics reported that there were people in need of assistance on the beach near Bournemouth Pier at around 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the police.
Ten persons were pulled from the water as emergency personnel arrived on the scene.
According to the police, a male, 17, and a child, 12, both suffered “critical injuries” and eventually passed away in the hospital. The eight further patients received treatment for non-life-threatening wounds.
A 40-year-old guy who was on the water at the time has been detained on suspicion of manslaughter after an investigation was started.
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.”
Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns said the incident was a “salutary lesson” that “danger is ever present” on beaches and the ocean.
“Thoughts with everyone associated with the dreadful events unfolding in Bournemouth this evening,” he said.
“A salutary lesson that our beaches and ocean can give much pleasure but danger is ever present.
“Thanks to the Life Guards and the Air Ambulance who we can take for granted.”