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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".


Investigation continues into Devon speedboat tragedy

An investigation is continuing today into a speedboat tragedy that left a teenage girl dead and three other people injured.

The accident happened yesterday morning at a marina in the Devon fishing port of Brixham, near Torquay, in the area known as "the English Riviera".

Brixham Harbour, where the tragedy happened. Credit: Google Street View

Emergency services were called at 11.44am amid reports that a vessel carrying a father, his daughter and two school friends had capsized.

The rescue operation saw lifeboats, coastguard teams and a helicopter deployed as well as specialist divers.

Police confirmed inquiries into the tragedy were continuing and urged witnesses to get in touch.

Teenage girl dies after speedboat capsizes in Devon

Brixham Harbour where the tragedy happened. Credit: Google Street View

A teenage girl has died and three others needed medical treatment after a speedboat overturned in a marina dubbed part of the "English Riviera."

Emergency services were called to Brixham Harbour in Torbay, Devon, after reports a vessel carrying a father, his daughter and two school friends had capsized.

Mark Criddle, coxswain of Torbay's RNLI lifeboat, said crews arrived on scene and found a 16ft speedboat upside down with a girl trapped in it.

He added: "We located the girl and brought her on board the lifeboat where she was immediately given first aid by a doctor and paramedic who were members of the lifeboat crew.

"We took the girl back to shore where she was handed into the care of paramedics who took her to hospital.

"The three other people who had been aboard the overturned speedboat were also taken to hospital after being treated at the lifeboat station."

The deceased's identity has not been revealed, although officials confirmed her next of kin had been informed.

Police confirmed inquiries into the tragedy were ongoing and appealed for witnesses to get in touch on 101 quoting 326 02/05/2015.

Halfords apologises after mechanic takes MOT car for 'test drive'

High Street giant Halfords has apologised after a customer caught one of its mechanics speeding in his car while it was booked in for an MOT.

Halfords apologises after mechanic takes MOT car for 'test drive' Credit: David Jones/PA

Shaun Ingram, from Saltash, Cornwall, took his Ford Focus ST in to a garage in Plymouth and unwittingly left his dash-cam running.

The camera, which Mr Ingram said was clearly visible in the car recorded almost seven hours of footage including the mechanic swearing and talking about test-driving the car.

Mr Ingram made an official complaint and Halfords apologised and offered to refund the £255 for the MOT and service.

On this occasion we have let our customer down but we want to reassure all our customers that this is an isolated incident.

We are treating this as a priority. Rest assured that we take issues like this very seriously ensuring that all 300 Halfords Autocentres adhere to all road test procedures.

The mechanic no longer works at Halfords and we are taking this opportunity to rebrief our procedures to ensure that this does not occur again in the future.

– Halfords spokesperson


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