…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media.
An inquest at Bournemouth revealed that Joe Abbess, 17, and Sunnah Khan, 12, tragically drowned after being caught in a riptide at Bournemouth beach.
Despite their rescue from the sea during the incident, both youngsters passed away later in the hospital.
The inquest into their deaths is expected to commence on Monday, pending confirmation by HM Coroner.
Lack of Communication Criticized by Local MP
Amidst the devastating incident, Dorset Police faced criticism from a local MP for their failure to effectively communicate with the public regarding the circumstances surrounding the young victims’ deaths.
Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood expressed concern over the lack of clarity provided by local officers, which he believed had fueled speculations on social media.
Ellwood emphasized the importance of providing timely information to offer assurance and understanding to the public.
Mother Shares Heartbreak on Social Media
Sunnah’s mother, Stephanie Williams, took to Twitter to express her profound sorrow and shared a picture of her beloved daughter.
In her heartbreaking post, Williams conveyed the immense love and popularity that Sunnah enjoyed, while expressing that no parent should ever experience the anguish they were enduring.
Her message was a testament to the deep love she and Sunnah’s father had for their daughter.
Differing Views on Police Handling of the Case
While MP Tobias Ellwood criticized Dorset Police for their handling of the “complex” case, Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, David Sidwick, defended their approach.
Sidwick asserted that the investigation involved multiple agencies working diligently to determine the sequence of events.
Acknowledging the importance of thoroughness and professionalism, Sidwick emphasized the need to grant authorities the necessary time and space to conduct a comprehensive investigation.
Investigation Continues and Speculations Addressed
Dorset Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward as they continue their investigation into the incident that occurred at the busy Bournemouth beach.
They clarified that neither the deceased individuals nor anyone else involved in the incident had been in contact with any vessels.
A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter but was released pending further investigation.
The police are also examining the presence of a pleasure boat in the area at the time.
Factors such as weather, wind conditions, and water conditions are being considered as part of the investigation.
Review of Police Communication Expected
While addressing concerns about communication, David Sidwick acknowledged the importance of reviewing police communication practices once the investigation concludes.
He stated that the police had already ruled out certain possibilities based on the available evidence.
However, Sidwick stressed the need for the investigating team to maintain integrity and avoid making statements that may be refuted later.
Ultimately, he emphasized the paramount importance of prioritizing the needs of the victims and their families throughout this distressing period.
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