Speedboat death probe continues

Published: Sunday 3rd May 2015 by The News Editor

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An investigation will continue today into a speedboat tragedy that left a teenage girl dead and three other people injured.

The accident happened yesterday morning at a marina in the Devon fishing port of Brixham, near Torquay in the area known as the English Riviera.

Emergency services were called at 11.44am amid reports that a vessel carrying a father, his daughter and two school friends had capsized.

The rescue operation saw lifeboats, coastguard teams and a helicopter deployed as well as specialist divers.

Mark Criddle, coxswain of Torbay’s RNLI lifeboat, said crews arrived on scene and found a 16ft speedboat upside down with a girl trapped in it.

He said: “We located the girl and brought her onboard the lifeboat where she was immediately given first aid by a doctor and paramedic who were members of the lifeboat crew.”

Mr Criddle added the three other people on board the boat had been rescued by other craft in the harbour.

He said: “We took the girl back to shore where she was handed into the care of paramedics who took her to hospital.

“The three other people who had been aboard the overturned speedboat were also taken to hospital after being treated at the lifeboat station.”

The deceased’s identity has not been revealed – although officials confirmed her next of kin had been informed.

Police confirmed inquiries into the tragedy were continuing and urged witnesses to get in touch.

A spokesman said: “We would appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time, either on the water or walking along the cliffs or seashore and witnessed the incident, to call us on 101 and quote log number 326 02/05/2015.”

Brixham is on the southern side of Tor Bay and as well as being home to one the largest fishing fleets in the UK, the marina is also a popular tourist destination.

Published: Sunday 3rd May 2015 by The News Editor

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