Suspension of All Boat Trips from Bournemouth Pier After Tragic Demise of 17-Year-Old Boy and 12-Year-Old Girl

Sunnah Khan and Joe Abbess
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Tragic Loss of Life: Sunnah Khan, 12, and Joe Abbess, 17, Perish in Water Incident; Investigation Ongoing

Last Wednesday, a devastating incident claimed the lives of Sunnah Khan, aged 12, and Joe Abbess, aged 17, who encountered difficulties in the water. Additionally, eight individuals sustained injuries. The police maintain an “open mind” as they investigate the circumstances surrounding this heart breaking tragedy.

Bournemouth pier has temporarily ceased all boat operations, as declared by the local council, in response to the tragic deaths of two young swimmers last week.

In a statement, a spokesperson from the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) council explained that this measure is being taken as a precautionary step “pending a conclusion to the police investigation.” They further mentioned that “We are aware the investigation is complex and will consult with Dorset Police when the investigation is complete.” 

The victims, Sunnah Khan, 12, and Joe Abbess, 17, lost their lives after encountering difficulties in the water on Wednesday. Additionally, eight other individuals sustained injuries during the incident.

An inquest in Bournemouth on Monday heard the pair had drowned amid a “suggestion” they got caught in a riptide.

A man in his 40s, who was ‘on the water’ at the time, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and was released under investigation on Thursday while police inquiries continue, police confirmed.

Officers said both youngsters were rescued from the sea, but later died in hospital.

Joe was from Southampton while Sunnah was from Buckinghamshire.

Police said they were keeping an ‘open mind’ about the circumstances that led to the deaths.


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