Clacton swimming deaths: Inquests of brother and sister resume today

The two siblings died in hospital following the incident at Clacton Picture: JAKE FOXFORD

The two siblings died in hospital following the incident at Clacton Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

The inquests of two siblings who died after an incident at Clacton last summer are due to resume today.

Three air ambulances were sent to the scene Picture: DANIEL KINGHAM

Three air ambulances were sent to the scene Picture: DANIEL KINGHAM - Credit: DANIEL KINGHAM

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Malika Shamas and her brother Haider Ali, both from Luton, were pulled from the water at Clacton-on-Sea on August 8, 2019.

Fourteen-year-old Malika died in hospital in Colchester the same day.

Her 18-year-old brother died two days later, on August 10.

The pair were pulled from the water at Clacton in August PICTURE: JAKE FOXFORD

The pair were pulled from the water at Clacton in August PICTURE: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

Their inquests, opened later that week, are due to resume today at Essex Coroner's Court in Chelmsford.


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Previously, the court heard the pair were on a family trip when they got into difficulty in the water alongside their cousin.

Malika died of immersion and her older brother died two days later of pneumonia, brain damage and drowning.

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Coroner's officer Jemma Cook said Malika was pulled from the water on August 8 and a lifeguard performed CPR on her.

She was taken to Colchester General Hospital where she died later that day. Mr Ali died on August 10.

Haider was also pulled from the water and was found to be in cardiac arrest, Ms Cook said.

Essex Police said a 15-year-old girl, a cousin of Haider and Malika, was also pulled from the water and is expected to make a full recovery.

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A post-mortem examination recorded Malika's provisional cause of death as immersion and toxicology tests are being carried out.

Haider's provisional cause of death was recorded as pneumonia and brain damage, with drowning given as a contributory factor.

Acting Detective Superintendent Paul Wells, of Essex Police, said after the incident: "We would like to thank members of the public and our emergency service colleagues who responded really quickly and worked incredibly hard to help the teenagers.

"We would also like to thank members of the public who showed respect to the casualties and their families and who gave the emergency services space to work."

The incident happened little more than a year after 15-year-old Ben Quartermaine went missing for two days in the water close to Clacton Pier.

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