Girl, 10, dies in sea tragedy

A TEN-year-old girl has died after being pulled from the sea at Lowestoft unconscious.Police were called at 3.40pm yesterday after reports that a young girl had got into trouble in the sea near the Claremont pier.

A TEN-year-old girl has died after being pulled from the sea at Lowestoft unconscious.

Police were called at 3.40pm yesterday after reports that a young girl had got into trouble in the sea near the Claremont pier.

Today the girl was named as Katie Taylor-Boggis from Lowestoft.

Katie had last been seen by her father about 50 metres from the end of the pier. It is believed that she was out of her depth and was not a strong swimmer. He immediately reported her absence to the lifeguards who then notified Yarmouth coastguard.


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The coastguard rescue team and a rescue helicopter were dispatched as a search for the girl got under way. After an hour she was spotted by the helicopter crew and rescued from the water.

Suffolk police said she was taken to James Paget Hospital in an “unconscious state”.

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A spokesman for the force later said: “Despite lengthy attempts to resuscitate her she has died.”

Christina Martyn, Yarmouth coastguard watch manager, said: “When any child is involved in such an incident, we can only but guess what is going through their parents minds. All of us will be thinking about her parents in their tragic loss.

“We would stress to any parent out enjoying their time off with their children on our local beaches to take the greatest of care and keep them within their swimming capabilities; in the correct depth of water and watch and listen for lifeguard notices and advice.

“Remember too that tides and undertow can change very quickly around our coast and that the sea is more powerful than any of us.

“It can carry you out to deeper waters quite easily which appears to have happened here.”

Today a spokesman for Suffolk police the coroner had been notified of the death and a post mortem would be carried out.

The spokesman added that Katie's family said they intended to celebrate her existence rather than mourn her death but they planned to warn other parents of the dangers the beach presents.

To pay tribute to Katie or send a message of support to her family e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk or call 01473 324788.

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