River crash investigation continues

MARINE experts are set to decide today whether they will also hold an investigation into the river accident which has left a teenage girl fighting for her life.

MARINE experts are set to decide today whether they will also hold an investigation into the river accident which has left a teenage girl fighting for her life.

Police have already started an investigation into the incident on the River Orwell and made a fresh appeal for people who were on the water or walking the river banks and may have seen what happened to come forward.

They say details are sketchy but it appears 14-year-old Rebecca Coles was in collision with a passing yacht while in an inflatable rubber ring being towed behind a speedboat near Levington Marina.

It is understood the speedboat was being driven by the father of one of her schoolfriends.

Rebecca, a student at Shenfield High School, was left with brain injuries and a fractured skull, and a broken leg, and is in a “critical” condition in Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Her family, from Langdon Hills, Basildon, are understood to be keeping a vigil at her bedside.

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The Marine Accident Investigation Bureau, which looks into serious incidents which happen on Britain's waterways and sea, has been informed of the accident and is deciding whether to investigate.

Police have already spoken to a number of witnesses and obtained CCTV used to monitor shipping on the river.

The have also been taken out on a craft from the Suffolk Yacht Harbour to see the area of the river where the accident happened.

So far no details of the boats involved have been released but police investigating the incident are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen what happened.

Anyone with information should call Felixstowe CID on 01473 613500.

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