A TEENAGER and young girl have died and a man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in Bournemouth.
Dorset Police confirmed the tragic deaths of both the 17-year-old lad and 12-year-old girl earlier today (Wednesday, May 31).
Emergency services rescued 10 people from the sea at Bournemouth Beach after receiving a call from paramedics at around 4.30pm.
Unfortunately, two youngsters sustained "critical injuries" and later died in hospital.
The other eight people were treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.
Police told SundayStar.co.uk: "Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the young people who tragically died and we are doing all we can to support their families.
"I understand the beach was very busy at the time of the incident and I would ask anyone with information that may assist our enquiries to please come forward.
"We are at the early stages of our investigation and would ask people not to speculate about the circumstances surrounding the incident."
Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns said the incident was a “salutary lesson” that “danger is ever present” on beaches and the ocean.
“Thoughts with everyone associated with the dreadful events unfolding in Bournemouth this evening,” he said.
“A salutary lesson that our beaches and ocean can give much pleasure but danger is ever present.
“Thanks to the Life Guards and the Air Ambulance who we can take for granted.”