Teen swimmer, 15, has skull fractured by rock thrown at Southbourne Beach

A 15 year-old swimmer has had her skull fractured after being hit by a rock. Credit: ITV News

A 15 year-old girl who was swimming in the sea off Southbourne Beach, has been hit by a rock which was thrown towards her.

She suffered a fracture to her skull and facial fractures.

It happened at around 4pm on Monday 4 September 2023.

Police Constable Hele Leech-Wilkinson, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This incident left the young victim with nasty injuries and was understandably a very distressing experience for her.

“We have been conducting enquiries into this matter and have now spoken further with the victim and obtained additional details. I understand there were a number of other people in the vicinity at the relevant time and I am now in a position to appeal for witnesses to the incident, or anyone who may have captured relevant mobile phone footage, to please contact us.”