Girl, 15, dies after UK speedboat crash as 11 others taken to hospital

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A teenage girl has died after a speedboat she was travelling in crashed into a buoy off the coast of Southampton.

The tragic collision occurred in waters in the Marchwood Marina, Netley, Hampshire, at around 10.10am on Saturday with police confirming the girl's next of kin have been informed.

A total of 12 people who had been onboard were rushed to hospital, where a 15-year-old girl was tragically pronounced dead.

Hampshire Constabulary as well as the coastguard, lifeboat and ambulance teams rushed to the location after the distress call was made.

An investigation into the incident has now been launched.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: "We are working alongside the Coastguard and Marine Accident Investigation Branch following a collision between a RIB and a buoy in Southampton Water near Netley, at around 10.10am this morning (August 22).

"Twelve people who were on board were subsequently taken to hospital.

"Sadly, one of the passengers, a 15-year-old girl, was pronounced dead in hospital.

"The girl’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers from Hampshire Constabulary."

A HM Coastguard spokeswoman said: "Three lifeboats, a Coastguard Rescue Team and the Ambulance Service were all called to assist.

"There were some injuries and the 12 people who were on board were taken to shore and handed into the care of the ambulance service. Marine Accident Investigation Branch have been informed."

Police have asked for anyone who witnessed the incident, or perhaps captured footage of the incident, to please contact police immediately on 101, quoting incident 554 of August 22.

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