A mass brawl broke out on Bournemouth beach this afternoon just a day after two children tragically drowned.
The fight has been said to be between around 50 youths wielding weapons.
This came after a 12-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy were pronounced dead yesterday after a major incident at Bournemouth beach in Dorset which saw ten people pulled from the sea.
Officers from Dorset Police were reportedly called to the beach at 3.02pm this afternoon and one person was detained.
A young person who was at the scene of the fighting was treated for minor injuries, the force have said. Enquiries are ongoing into the incident, the Mirror reports.
Police officers walk along Bournemouth beach today after a 17-year-old-boy and a girl aged 12 sustained ‘critical injuries’ on Wednesday and later died in hospital
A 12-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy have died after a major incident took place in the water on Bournemouth beach
A man in his 40s, who had been ‘on the water’ at the time of the incident, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and remains in custody.
Andy Martin, who saw the fight break out earlier today, tweeted this afternoon that there was a ‘massive brawl’ involving ‘bats and weapons’.
He wrote at 3.20pm: ‘Can’t believe that in the exact same spot on the beach where 2 children died yesterday, there’s a massive brawl involving 50 youths with bats and weapons. ‘
Dorset Police told the Mirror: ‘Dorset Police received a report at 3.02pm of a disturbance involving a large number of young people on the beach near to Bournemouth Pier.
‘Officers attended and one person was detained in connection with the incident.
‘At this time one person has been treated for minor injuries and no further injuries have been reported.
‘Enquiries into the matter are ongoing.’
A pleasure boat that was sailing nearby at the time of the tragedy was impounded by police today.
The cruise boat called the Dorset Belle, which usually sails from Bournemouth Pier, has reportedly been placed under the guard of Poole Harbour.
No one is currently allowed onboard or able to touch the vessel, which was guarded by a number of police officers this afternoon.
On the day of the horrendous incident, the Dorset Belle, had made numerous circuits around Bournemouth Pier and according to the online tracker MarineTraffic is was in the area where the tragedy unfolded on numerous occasions.
It follows police reports that the pair had not been hit by a jet ski and had not jumped off the pier.
The cruise boat called the Dorset Belle, which usually sails from Bournemouth Pier, has been placed under the guard of Poole Harbour by police
Lifeguards on the busy beach rushed into the water by Bournemouth Pier after a group of people got into difficulty in the sea around 4.30pm on Wednesday
A sign on Bournemouth Beach today, which was packed by holidaymakers and locals yesterday
A bunch of flowers left on Bournemouth beach for a 17-year-old-boy and a girl aged 12 who died yesterday
Lifeguards on the busy beach rushed into the water by Bournemouth Pier after a group of people got into difficulty in the sea around 4.30pm on Wednesday.
Emergency services were quickly at the scene with the teenage boy and girl being rushed to hospital after sustaining critical injuries. Tragically they both died later in hospital.
The other eight people were treated by the ambulance service at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident has been launched with Dorset Police working alongside the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in accordance with established protocols, police said.
Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Corrigan, of Dorset Police, said today: ‘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.’
Police were also spotted this afternoon spotted patrolling Bournemouth beach surrounded by sunbathers.