Dad of Bournemouth beach survivor addresses rumours about double death tragedy

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    A father of the survivor of the horrific incident where two kids died on Bournemouth Beach has claimed that a “rip tide” took them out to sea – and has clarified rumours surrounding the incident.

    A 12-year-old girl and boy, 17, died at the scene despite the best efforts of rescuers yesterday (May 31).

    Eight others were also rescued from the water after suffereing minor injuries.

    One of those who was saved was Lauren Tate, 18. Speaking to the Mail Online, her father recalled what happened – and how she was rescued by the coastguard.

    Speaking after his daughter spent a short time in hospital, he said: “We’ve seen all the stuff about boats and jet skis but it wasn’t like that.

    “She was swimming in the sea with her friends when the rip tide took them out.

    “She was lucky to get pulled from the sea by the coastguard and one of her other friends was rescued by a paddle-boarder.

    “I know the boy who died was at college with her, but I don’t know anything about him – all she told me is that they all met up on the train and headed to Bournemouth beach for the day.”

    Dorset Police's Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Farrell said today (June 1) also confirmed no vessels were involved in the incident – and "no suggestion" of people jumping from the pier.

    During a press conference this morning, she said: “To avoid further speculation, I am able to tell you that it’s clear that yesterday a number of people already in the water got into difficulty and we are investigating the circumstances or event that caused that to happen.

    “Early investigation indicates that there was no physical contact between a vessel and any of the swimmers,” she continued.

    “I can also confirm there is no suggestion of people jumping from the pier or jet-skis being involved.”

    The investigation is ongoing.

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