A teenage girl was killed in front of her family after suffering a fatal blow to her abdomen while enjoying a ‘sightseeing trip.
15-year-old Emily Lewis was among twelve people exploring with Southampton charter firm Seadogz when their speedboat hit into a buoy.
The teen suffered a catastrophic chest injury and passed away. Two others were also thrown into the water but none suffered fatal injuries.
Emily’s devastated mother, Nikki, was also on the speedboat with her father, Simon, and sister Amy. Both Amy and Nikki suffered broken arms.
An inquest into her death was opened at Winchester Coroner’s Court.
Coroner Christopher Wilkinson said: “The brief circumstances of the death are that she was a passenger on board a boat on a sightseeing trip on Southampton Water when it was involved in a collision.
“As a result of the collision, she was rendered unconscious and sadly she was unable to be revived.”
A post-mortem revealed Emily had suffered a fatal ‘upper abdominal injury.’
24 hours after the horrific tragedy, Mr. Lewis shared a tribute to his daughter.
“Nikki and I need to share some very tragic news today. Our beautiful daughter Emily passed away yesterday,” he expressed. “We were all involved in a boating accident in the Solent and Em suffered serious trauma and died not long after we got to hospital.
“Nikki and Amy suffered broken arms and are doing as well as expected. I have pain but no breaks but the emotional pain far outweighs the physical.
“We are all in shock that our beautiful daughter and sister is no longer with us and words just don’t seem to be available to express our deep sense of loss.”
Emily’s teacher, Stuart Parkes, also said: “Emily was a kind and compassionate young lady who cared deeply about those around her.
“Her caring showed no bounds; from volunteering to support new students through to becoming a student leader with aspirations to help shape the education of every student in our school.
“She was a creative soul who loved textiles and design and who showed great potential. She was motivated and dedicated to her studies, a positive example to all.
“Emily was a bright, conscientious student who will be sorely missed by all staff and students at Brookfield.”
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