By Zak Jakubowski
Coastguard officials responded to reports of a child and a woman in distress in the water yesterday at 11.30am.
The woman was rescued from the water by a member of the public. A Ministry of Defence military range safety vessel, which was in the area and responded to a Mayday broadcast, recovered the girl from the water.
The five-year-old, who lives in Salisbury, was taken by the RNLI Weymouth Lifeboat to Weymouth and transferred by the ambulance service to Dorset County Hospital.
Despite the efforts of the emergency services, she was pronounced dead on her arrival.
Detective Inspector Steve May, of Dorset Police, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the young girl involved at this very difficult time.
The Dorset police are treating this as a tragedy but still urge people to come forward if they have any further information.
Detective inspector Steve May of The Dorset Police:
““At this time there is nothing to suggest this was anything other than a tragic accident however, with the sudden death of any child we have an obligation to carry out an investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email email@example.com or by calling 101, quoting incident number 18:127.”