Six year old girl dies after getting into difficulty in the sea in Margate

Emergency services could be seen on the beach
  • Watch Derek Johnson's full report below

A six year old girl has died after getting into difficulty in the sea in Margate.

The girl from Erith was taken to hospital in a serious condition from Margate Harbour on Saturday afternoon.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service and the RNLI were part of the rescue effort.

One local man said the beach was "heaving" with tourists on what he described as a warm but windy day.

He said he saw the emergency services "swarm" the harbour in their effort to rescue the girl.

The father-of-three, who did not want to give his name, said he found the incident "very upsetting".

He added: "(It) makes me want to avoid going in the water."

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Her next of kin have been informed. "There are no suspicious circumstances and a report is being prepared for the coroner."

Kent Police

Derek spoke to Daniel Goldman, Cafe G and James Uren from the North Kent RNLI.