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WATCH: Tearful mum heard ‘massive explosion’ as young girl killed in inflatable tragedy

PUBLISHED: 11:31 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:40 03 July 2018

The scene at Gorleston where police have cordoned off an area of the beach. Photo: Amy Smith

The scene at Gorleston where police have cordoned off an area of the beach. Photo: Amy Smith

Amy Smith

A tearful mum today told how she heard a “massive explosion” before a three-year-old girl died after being thrown from an inflatable trampoline.

Zoe Dye, 32, from Bradwell, was on the beach at Gorleston with her 11-year-old daughter when she saw the horror unfold.

She said: “We came down here for a day of sunshine on the beach. I had just taken a picture of my little girl by the rocks. As I put my phone away a massive explosion went off.

“My little girl, bless her, thought it was a bomb to start with - I couldn’t reassure her it wasn’t.”

She added: “Then I looked up and saw the little girl high up in the air. It was just horrific. Everyone ran to help where they could. About 12 of us called the ambulance and it was here really quickly.

Zoe Dye, 32 from Bradwell. Was sitting close to where the incident happened on Gorleston beach with her 11-year-old daughter. Photo: Amy SmithZoe Dye, 32 from Bradwell. Was sitting close to where the incident happened on Gorleston beach with her 11-year-old daughter. Photo: Amy Smith

“The lifeguard who was on duty was incredible. He didn’t stop trying to revive her.”

She said: “I’m shocked. I really feel for the family that’s involved, waking up without her. To witness it was awful.”

Flowers and soft toys have today been left in memory of the girl, form Suffolk, on the beach, close to where the incident happened.

The poignant memorials have been left as locals and tourists at Gorleston try to come to terms with the tragedy on Lower Esplanade yesterday morning.

The scene at Gorleston where police have cordoned off an area of the beach. Photo: Amy SmithThe scene at Gorleston where police have cordoned off an area of the beach. Photo: Amy Smith

Two police officers are at the scene on the beach, with a police tent and tape serving as stark evidence of the horrific incident.

In contrast to the weekend, the beach is very quiet today, save for a few dog walkers.

Morrene Allen, 76, from Gorleston, is a grandmother who laid flowers at the scene.

She said: “I didn’t know her but it got me right in my heart and having grandchildren myself it’s just so sad. You just can’t think how her parents must be feeling.

Police cordon around the Bounce About play area at Gorleston beach.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYPolice cordon around the Bounce About play area at Gorleston beach. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“I know what it is like to lose a child because I’ve lost one myself and it’s absolutely terrible. My grandchildren have been down here on the beach all week.

“I was sitting in my garden and I heard a big bang and I thought it was a gunshot.”

Mehmet Mesut and his wife Kathy have lived in Gorleston for four years and regularly walk their dog along the seafront. They said it was usual for it to be quieter during weekdays.

They said: “We are in complete shock. We don’t usually get a lot of police activity around here, things are usually quiet. We weren’t here yesterday but we heard all the police activity and word got around very quickly among the locals.

Police cordon around the Bounce About play area at Gorleston beach.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYPolice cordon around the Bounce About play area at Gorleston beach. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“Our grandchildren use that apparatus every time they come down here and they always love it.”

Police cordon around the Bounce About play area at Gorleston beach.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYPolice cordon around the Bounce About play area at Gorleston beach. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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