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RNLI statement on incident at Bournemouth Pier

Lifeguards Statement

We would like to offer our condolences to the family and loved ones of the two young people who sadly lost their lives yesterday at Bournemouth beach.

RNLI/Tom Dale

RNLI lifeguards along with volunteer lifeboat crews from RNLI Mudeford worked with emergency services to provide search and rescue, and casualty care. This incident is now in the hands of Dorset Police and we will not offer any further comment at this point.

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