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Speedboat teen died after life jacket became trapped

A 14-year-old girl died after a wave overturned a speedboat she was in causing her life jacket to become trapped, police said.

Emily Gardner was one of four people thrown overboard but the three others escaped with injuries.

Devon and Cornwall Police are continuing to investigate the tragedy but a spokesperson said: "From the enquiries conducted so far, reports suggest that the boat hit a wave before overturning.

"The four people on the boat were then thrown overboard as a result.

"It appears that Emily became trapped due to her buoyancy aid getting caught on part of the boat.

"The other people on the boat and jet ski riders tried to help Emily but could not free her.

"At this stage in the investigation we are satisfied that there are no suspicious circumstances and we believe that this was nothing more than a tragic accident."

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Family tribute to teenager who died in Devon

Emily Gardner died in a fatal speedboat incident in Devon Credit: Family photo

Emily Gardner's family have paid this tribute to her:

“Our beautiful Emily was a caring loving, gentle daughter and sister. She was full of life and had the world ahead of her. She was our diamond, now shining bright in the sky.

"She will be missed and forever in our hearts."

Police officially name teenager killed in speedboat tragedy

Emily Gardner, 14, died in a speedboat accident in Brixham, Devon on Saturday Credit:

Police have officially named the teenage girl who died following a fatal speedboat incident in Brixham as 14-year-old Emily Gardner from Gloucester.

Emily's identity was confirmed by Devon and Cornwall Police as officials revealed she was trapped underneath a small speedboat after it overturned just outside Brixham Harbour in Devon yesterday.

Police said: "Officers were alerted about the incident by the Coastguard at 12.11pm. Lifeboat crews from Brixham attended and released Emily before taking her to shore.

"Emily was taken to Torbay Hospital by ambulance in a critical condition but was pronounced dead a short time later. Her family have been informed and formal ID has taken place."

The teenager was travelling with two other 15-year-old girls and a 50-year-old man at the time of the accident.

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Teenager named locally as Emily Gardner

Brixham Harbour where the tragedy happened Credit: Google Street View

The teenage girl who died after becoming trapped when a speedboat overturned in Brixham has been named locally as Emily Gardner.

Friends and family members are using social media sites to pay tribute to the "beautiful" 14-year-old who is thought to have died while on holiday in the seaside town.

Emily is said to have been with her pals, also named locally, as Holly Pritchard and Gemma Gadsden, who were hospitalised following the accident.

The trio were also with one of their father's, not thought to be related to Emily.

Sharon Ashley took to Facebook to write: "My beautiful beautiful niece love you so much sleep tight xxxxx."

Her uncle, Nick Taylor, added: "Good night my amazing beautiful niece x shine bright like a diamond x."

It is thought Emily lived in Gloucester with her family and attended Chosen Hill School, in Churchdown, Gloucester.

Lynzi Ashley wrote: "Love you Emily Gardner gonna miss you soo much. Get well soon Gemma and Holly Pritchard xx."

Shannon Jade said: "RIP Emily. I hope Gemma Gadsden and Holly Pritchard are feeling better soon thoughts go to you and her family."

Bryony Elizabeth-Gorgina Fenemore posted: "RIP Emily, such a beautiful girl taken from us thoughts go out to all friends and family."

Rita Petita added: "Emily can't believe we've all lost you xxxxxxxxxxxx".

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