15 Year Old Swept into Cullercoats Bay sadly dies

Northumbria Police have announced the tragic death of a 15 year old girl. 

The 15-year-old girl who was swept into Cullercoats Bay, North Tyneside on Saturday night, January 16, has sadly died in hospital last night.

Officers were called at 7.44pm on Saturday, January 16, following concerns about a group of teenagers seen on the north pier at Cullercoats Bay, where the sea was running high.

A group of friends were on the pier, three managed to walk back to safety, a girl of 15, and a boy 14, and girl 14, but the fourth teenager, a 15-year-old girl, was swept into the water by a large wave.
Coastguard and RNLI were called to assist,and a member of the public rescued the 15-year-old girl from the water on the south side of the bay.
She has been taken by ambulance to Cramlington Hospital, in acritical  condition and sadly died. 

The three other teenagers were also taken Cramlington Hospital, as a precaution as they were soaked through, these three are described as well.

Chief Inspector Paul Knox said: “Weneed to remind people of the danger of the sea, particularly in the dark and cold at this time of year, when tides are high and people can be taken unawares by the strength of the waves and the inherent dangers of the sea.

“People should always be carefularound water and if the sea is looking rough with waves pounding onto the pier we would advise people to be particularly cautious and keep their distance.”

Police are making enquiries into the incident and anyone with information about this incident should contact police on 101, quoting log number 974 of 16/01/16.