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Teenage girl killed in Devon speedboat tragedy named by police

The teenage girl who died after becoming trapped when a speedboat overturned in Brixham, near Torquay in Devon, has been named by police 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.

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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.

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