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Police not treating boat deaths as suspicious

Cumbria Police have released a statement naming the two people who died on a boat on Windermere as Kelly Webster, aged 36 from Leyland and her 10 year old daughter, Lauren Thornton.

Police say they are not treating the deaths as suspicious.

Police are able to confirm the two people who died yesterday (1st April 2013) at Lake Windermere were Kelly Webster, aged 36 from Leyland and her 10 year old daughter, Lauren Thornton.

Cumbria Police were alerted to Lake Windermere by the Ambulance service after it was reported that three people on a privately owned boat were having serious breathing difficulties.

On arrival, Mrs Webster and her daughter, Lauren, were being treated by paramedics and were air lifted to Royal Lancaster Infirmary, where they tragically died.

A man, aged 39 from Leyland, was also on the boat remains in Royal Lancaster Infirmary receiving treatment.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious, and it is suspected that the death was caused by some form of gas poisoning. Enquiries continue to be conducted by officers on behalf of the coroner.

– Police statement

Pair die after suffering breathing difficulties on boat

The scene at Lake Windermere yesterday Credit: Joshua Kynaston

A woman and a young girl have died and a man was seriously ill after suffering breathing difficulties on a private boat at Lake Windermere in the Lake District yesterday.

An air amblance air-lifted the pair to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary Credit: Joshua Kynaston

A 36-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl, both from the Leyland area of Lancashire, were treated at the scene and then air-lifted to Royal Lancaster Infirmary, where both have since died.

Air ambulance arriving at the scene at Lake Windermere yesterday Credit: Joshua Kynaston

The man, who was also on the boat, is still receiving treatment at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Cumbria Police said.

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Report: 'Faulty generator' caused boat tragedy

Private jetty where the victims' boat was moored in Windermere Credit: ITV News Border

The deaths of a 36-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl in Windermere may have been caused by a faulty boat generator, The Telegraph reported.

Tony Rothwell, who manages Bowness Bay marina, said lake wardens told him that the victims' boat had been fitted with a faulty generator, which was connected to a fan heater.

Mr Rothwell said: "It was an amateur job, the boat had been fitted with a generator and the exhaust has leaked. It had been a very cold day and the fan heater was connected to the generator. It is a terrible tragedy."

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Duncan Bannatyne: 'Tragic' incident on Windermere

The unfolding incident, at a jetty near Bowness, was witnessed by businessman and television personality Duncan Bannatyne who remarked on the police and ambulance activity to his followers on Twitter.

Duncan Bannatyne tweeted: 'Tragic accident over there I am afraid' Credit: Twitter/@DuncanBannatyne

The Dragon's Den star later posted a photograph of the scene, saying: "Tragic accident over there I am afraid."

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Police: Man receiving treatment in hospital

Cumbria Police can confirm that at approximately 4pm today, they attended an incident at Lake Windermere, where it was reported that three people on a private on a boat on Lake Windermere were having serious breathing difficulties.

Police attended along with an ambulance crew. A 36-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl, both from the Leyland area, were treated at the scene and then air lifted to Royal Lancaster Infirmary, unfortunately both have since tragically died.

A man, who was also on the boat, is still receiving treatment at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

– Cumbria Police
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