Bournemouth pier has halted all boat operations due to the recent tragic drowning of two young swimmers, as announced by the local council. A spokesperson for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) council stated that the suspension is a precautionary measure until the police investigation reaches a conclusion. The council acknowledged the complexity of the investigation and will consult with Dorset Police once it is completed.
The incident occurred last week when Sunnah Khan, 12 years old, and Joe Abbess, 17 years old, got into difficulty while swimming in the water. Eight other individuals were also injured. An inquest held in Bournemouth on Monday revealed that the two swimmers died from drowning, with suggestions that they may have been caught in a riptide.
A man in his 40s, who was on the water at the time of the incident, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. He was released under investigation on Thursday, and police inquiries are ongoing. Both Joe and Sunnah were rescued from the sea but unfortunately passed away later in hospital. Joe was a resident of Southampton, while Sunnah hailed from Buckinghamshire.
Dorset Police are maintaining an open-minded approach to the circumstances that led to the tragic deaths of the two young swimmers.
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