Graphic footage of Bournemouth beach tragedy posted online with ‘upbeat music’

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    Members of the public who filmed the horrific incident where two children died at Bournemouth beach yesterday (May 31) have been slammed after footage was posted all over social media – including a video of the 12-year-old being given CPR with upbeat music playing in the background.

    Yesterday, the popular tourist beach was evacuated, with 10 people in total recovered from the water.

    A rescue operation was launched at 4.30pm and saw a total of eight additional people, all thought to be children, pulled from the water.

    Investigating police forces have said that “early investigation” has found no one pulled from the water came into “physical contact” with any kind of vessel, despite early speculation.

    Police said at a later press conference there was no suggestion a jet ski was involved, nor that people were jumping from the pier.

    In a statement issued by Dorset Police, a spokesperson said: “We continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident that occurred yesterday resulting in the deaths of a 12-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy."

    The force yesterday said that a man in his 40s had been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and an investigation by detectives is underway.

    However, as the incident was unfolding, social media was filled with amateur detectives snapping and filming what was going on, before uploading it to Twitter.

    As well as a video of the 12-year-old being given CPR with upbeat music playing, another video clearly shows police telling the public to "move back" while being ignored by those intent on grimly filming what was going on.

    This has angered police officials – and top doctor Rob Rosa.

    Dr Rosa was on the scene at the time, and ran down to help as the 12-year-old was brought to shore.

    The doctor, who is one of the UK Government's chief medical officers, told the Daily Mail : "Those videoing the desperate CPR attempts should think long and hard at their actions.

    "The tragic death of a child is not something anyone should voyeuristically observe."

    Dorset Police's Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Farrell said today (June 1): "We know the beach was very busy when this incident occurred.

    "I am today urging anyone who saw what happened, or has any information that may assist our investigation, to please come forward.

    “I would also ask anyone with relevant phone footage that may assist our enquiries to submit it to Dorset Police via the Major Incident Public Portal quoting Operation Marble rather than sharing it on social media."

    And a force spokesman iterated the call.

    They said: “We would ask anyone with relevant phone footage that may assist our enquiries to submit it to the Force quoting occurrence number 55230083818 rather than sharing it on social media."

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