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Cops still haven't told me how my daughter died in beach tragedy, mum says

NewsCops still haven't told me how my daughter died in beach tragedy, mum says

The mother of a girl who died in the Bournemouth beach tragedy has said police have yet to confirm the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s death.

Stephanie Williams, 32, says that Sunnah Khan, 12, had been swimming near the pier when she was pulled under the water. 

She died alongside 17-year-old Joe Abbess, and eight other youngsters were injured and required medical attention, reports The Sun.

A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of manslaughter and was later bailed. 

Police have also seized a 78ft boat – the Dorset Belle – following the tragedy, but have not fully divulged what role they believe the vessel played in the fatal incident. 

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A&E nurse Stephanie told The Sun: “It’s just really difficult to accept. Somebody has potentially caused Sunnah to be taken away from us. The police have only told us what they said in a statement. The cause of death was drowning, there were no other injuries.

“We don’t actually know how it came about. I don’t understand how somebody can be released on bail for double manslaughter. How does that work?”

Dorset Police say they are keeping an “open mind” about the circumstances that led to the deaths. 

They said the beach was extremely busy at the time and they are continuing to appeal to witnesses to come forward.

They also urge people to submit any mobile phone or photographic footage to the police major incident portal.

Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Corrigan said: “We continue to keep an open mind around the circumstances that have led to the tragic death of two young people in the water off the beach. Our thoughts remain with the families of those young people.

“As with any investigation of this nature, we have to look at all factors connected to the state of the water. One of those lines of enquiry has involved the pleasure boat, which was in the area at the time of the incident. These enquiries also include examining wind, other weather and general coastal conditions at the time.

“We are working with experts from partner agencies to understand all of the factors and this will take time to establish. We continue to support the families of Joe and Sunnah and they are being kept updated by specially trained family liaison officers about our investigation.

“I would ask that the police investigation is allowed to continue without further unhelpful speculation around circumstances of the incident, and that there is respect for the families of those who have died so tragically. I would continue to appeal to anyone at the beach at the time who witnessed the incident to come forward and talk to us.”

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