Woman taken ill at Boscombe beach huts dies in seafront tragedy

Bournemouth Echo: Beach huts cordoned off after woman taken ill Beach huts cordoned off after woman taken ill

EMERGENCY crews cordoned off a section of beach huts in Boscombe on Saturday after a woman collapsed and died.

A passing cyclist reported to lifeguards that the woman, who has yet to be formally identified, appeared to have been taken ill in a beach hut at the bottom of the Manor Steps zigzag, east of Boscombe Pier, at around 11am.

The lifeguards rushed to check her condition and administered first aid until an ambulance crew arrived and took over. However she was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Three police cars, two seafront vehicles and the coastguard attended the incident, and the zigzag was also cordoned off as the seafront was busy with morning walkers taking advantage of the sunshine.

Paul Godier, 64, of Boscombe, said: “I was just passing when I saw the ambulance crew and the lifeguards gathered around someone on the upper level of beach huts.

“I asked a seafront chap what was going on, but he just said a woman had collapsed. He looked very grim faced.

“I'm very sorry to hear that she died. I imagine she was a hut owner. There would be no reason to go up there if not.”

Holidaymaker Shawn McIntosh, 36, from Canada, said: “The road was blocked off so we couldn't see much, but they were putting a covered body into the back of a vehicle.

“It was all over quite quickly. The guys in the blue suits, I think they were forensics, were looking around for a bit.”

A Dorset Police spokesman said there were no suspicious circumstances and the matter had been passed to the coroner.

Barry Heathfield, RNLI lifeguard manager for Dorset, said: “Our lifeguards are based at Boscombe East all year round, and they were approached by the cyclist saying a lady in a beach hut appeared to be unwell.

“The lifeguards went down to see if she was alright but it appeared she wasn't well at all, so they started carrying out resuscitation.

“They are all trained in advanced first aid, the same course the lifeboat crews take, and used oxygen and a defibrillator. They did everything they could until the ambulance crew arrived to take over.”

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5:58pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Seethebestinlife says...

How terribly sad. RIP. x
How terribly sad. RIP. x Seethebestinlife
  • Score: 58

10:54am Sun 12 Jan 14

poole boy2 says...

Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad .
Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad . poole boy2
  • Score: -37

5:47pm Sun 12 Jan 14

oscar9999 says...

poole boy2 wrote:
Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad .
IT did happen on saturday!!!
[quote][p][bold]poole boy2[/bold] wrote: Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad .[/p][/quote]IT did happen on saturday!!! oscar9999
  • Score: -11

6:01pm Sun 12 Jan 14

poole boy2 says...

oscar9999 wrote:
poole boy2 wrote:
Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad .
IT did happen on saturday!!!
Yes, but before I commented it said Today !! But they then changed it.
[quote][p][bold]oscar9999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poole boy2[/bold] wrote: Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad .[/p][/quote]IT did happen on saturday!!![/p][/quote]Yes, but before I commented it said Today !! But they then changed it. poole boy2
  • Score: -20

6:12pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Controversial But True says...

poole boy2 wrote:
oscar9999 wrote:
poole boy2 wrote:
Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad .
IT did happen on saturday!!!
Yes, but before I commented it said Today !! But they then changed it.
Does it REALLY matter when?

This poor lady has died, her family will be distraught and if they read this bickering about when it happened, that'll make them feel worse!

My condolences to the lady's family.
[quote][p][bold]poole boy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oscar9999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poole boy2[/bold] wrote: Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad .[/p][/quote]IT did happen on saturday!!![/p][/quote]Yes, but before I commented it said Today !! But they then changed it.[/p][/quote]Does it REALLY matter when? This poor lady has died, her family will be distraught and if they read this bickering about when it happened, that'll make them feel worse! My condolences to the lady's family. Controversial But True
  • Score: 71

6:38pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

Controversial But True wrote:
poole boy2 wrote:
oscar9999 wrote:
poole boy2 wrote:
Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad .
IT did happen on saturday!!!
Yes, but before I commented it said Today !! But they then changed it.
Does it REALLY matter when?

This poor lady has died, her family will be distraught and if they read this bickering about when it happened, that'll make them feel worse!

My condolences to the lady's family.
True but then the inaccurate and juvenile reporting of the Echo is unlikely to improve the situation. Very strange for the family to be busy reading the internet news at such a time.
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poole boy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oscar9999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poole boy2[/bold] wrote: Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad .[/p][/quote]IT did happen on saturday!!![/p][/quote]Yes, but before I commented it said Today !! But they then changed it.[/p][/quote]Does it REALLY matter when? This poor lady has died, her family will be distraught and if they read this bickering about when it happened, that'll make them feel worse! My condolences to the lady's family.[/p][/quote]True but then the inaccurate and juvenile reporting of the Echo is unlikely to improve the situation. Very strange for the family to be busy reading the internet news at such a time. Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: -42

8:43pm Sun 12 Jan 14

hooplaa says...

Cosmic Crusader wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
poole boy2 wrote:
oscar9999 wrote:
poole boy2 wrote:
Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad .
IT did happen on saturday!!!
Yes, but before I commented it said Today !! But they then changed it.
Does it REALLY matter when?

This poor lady has died, her family will be distraught and if they read this bickering about when it happened, that'll make them feel worse!

My condolences to the lady's family.
True but then the inaccurate and juvenile reporting of the Echo is unlikely to improve the situation. Very strange for the family to be busy reading the internet news at such a time.
Because they cant find anything else to report they use this story again but written differently, which is pretty low really.
[quote][p][bold]Cosmic Crusader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poole boy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oscar9999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poole boy2[/bold] wrote: Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad .[/p][/quote]IT did happen on saturday!!![/p][/quote]Yes, but before I commented it said Today !! But they then changed it.[/p][/quote]Does it REALLY matter when? This poor lady has died, her family will be distraught and if they read this bickering about when it happened, that'll make them feel worse! My condolences to the lady's family.[/p][/quote]True but then the inaccurate and juvenile reporting of the Echo is unlikely to improve the situation. Very strange for the family to be busy reading the internet news at such a time.[/p][/quote]Because they cant find anything else to report they use this story again but written differently, which is pretty low really. hooplaa
  • Score: 1

11:19pm Sun 12 Jan 14

jquain says...

Was there any need for this story to be published?

It's always tragic when someone passes away. My thoughts are with the deceased's family. But this should be kept private.
Was there any need for this story to be published? It's always tragic when someone passes away. My thoughts are with the deceased's family. But this should be kept private. jquain
  • Score: 17

11:47pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

jquain wrote:
Was there any need for this story to be published?

It's always tragic when someone passes away. My thoughts are with the deceased's family. But this should be kept private.
Unfortunately death in a busy public space is never going to be a private affair. Given the significant and visible involvement of the emergency services, sensitive and factual reporting by the news media is not untoward.
[quote][p][bold]jquain[/bold] wrote: Was there any need for this story to be published? It's always tragic when someone passes away. My thoughts are with the deceased's family. But this should be kept private.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately death in a busy public space is never going to be a private affair. Given the significant and visible involvement of the emergency services, sensitive and factual reporting by the news media is not untoward. Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: 27

12:37am Mon 13 Jan 14

hooplaa says...

jquain wrote:
Was there any need for this story to be published?

It's always tragic when someone passes away. My thoughts are with the deceased's family. But this should be kept private.
If someone dies at home its not reported, if someone dies on the beach its a 'sea front tragedy'
[quote][p][bold]jquain[/bold] wrote: Was there any need for this story to be published? It's always tragic when someone passes away. My thoughts are with the deceased's family. But this should be kept private.[/p][/quote]If someone dies at home its not reported, if someone dies on the beach its a 'sea front tragedy' hooplaa
  • Score: 10

7:04am Mon 13 Jan 14

Ginny nz says...

Will you all stop bickering , there's a grieving family out there . Grow up and show some respect !!!
Will you all stop bickering , there's a grieving family out there . Grow up and show some respect !!! Ginny nz
  • Score: 49

8:51am Mon 13 Jan 14

TheDistrict says...

poole boy2 wrote:
oscar9999 wrote:
poole boy2 wrote:
Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad .
IT did happen on saturday!!!
Yes, but before I commented it said Today !! But they then changed it.
Does it really matter. Someone sadly died, and your more concerned about what day it was. Get a life please.
[quote][p][bold]poole boy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oscar9999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poole boy2[/bold] wrote: Yesterdays news today again Mr Echo !!!-- Can't even get the day it happened right !!! R I P very sad .[/p][/quote]IT did happen on saturday!!![/p][/quote]Yes, but before I commented it said Today !! But they then changed it.[/p][/quote]Does it really matter. Someone sadly died, and your more concerned about what day it was. Get a life please. TheDistrict
  • Score: 19

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