A student tried to rescue a 12-year-old girl who died during an incident on Bournemouth beach.
A 17-year-old boy and the 12-year-old girl died in the incident which happened at around 4pm on Wednesday. EsB reported.
The beach was packed with locals and tourists and eight other children were hurt during the trouble in the water.
Mackenzie Creech, 18, heard screams and shouts coming from the pier and spotted people pointing to a girl in the water.
He rushed over with a friend to drag her back to the beach but couldn’t save her.
Mackenzie, from Reading, told DailyMail: ‘Everything happened so quickly, one minute I was enjoying the beach with some friends and then the next we heard screaming and shouting.
‘We were on the other side of the pier but you could hear all this noise so we went over to see what was going on and people were pointing into the water.
‘I could see a body in the water, and just rushed in and scooped her up with someone else. She was face down when I got there and not moving.
‘She was in a swimming costume but she didn’t appear to have any injuries on her. There were no cuts or bruises and I just knew it didn’t look good so I carried her onto the beach.’
Once Mackenzie managed to rescue the girl parademics arrived and started to perform CPR on her.
‘People were screaming and shouting and it was all really chaotic and then someone put some towels up as a screen while the paramedics worked on her,’ he said.
‘I was hoping she would make it and I didn’t know she had passed away until I saw it on the news. I was gutted when I heard that and it’s upset me, it’s so sad something like this happened. I did what anyone else would have done.’
A survivor, Lauren Tate, 18, spent some time in hospital and is recovering at home.
A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. He has been released under investigation.