Iona Hunter and Kaiden Andre Wiki – Biography
Iona Hunter, 14, and Kaiden Andre, 15, have disclosed that on the day of the double drowning, they assisted in the rescue of another swimmer from the sea at Bournemouth Beach.
At around 4.30 pm on Wednesday, a 17-year-old male and a 12-year-old girl were killed, and eight others were injured. Kaiden and Iona Andre have now revealed how lifeguards were forced to choose which swimmers to save as many swimmers struggling in the water. According to the Sunday Times, the teens, who were on their first outing to the water without their parents, went out to aid a young man and lady. The lifeguard asked if we were sure he was drowning because there were people actually drowning,” Iona explained. It comes after respects were paid to Sunnah Khan, a 12-year-old “angel” student who perished in the tragedy.
Iona Hunter, 14, and Kaiden Andre 15 years old.
Sunnah Khan, 12, died in a tragedy on Bournemouth beach
Sunnah Khan,12, of High Wycombe, Bucks, was swimming with her brother when the terrifying incident occurred. She died alongside a 17-year-old kid after getting into trouble at the town’s dock. They were among ten children who were swept away by massive waves triggered by a passing boat on Wednesday. Iona and Kaiden, who were throwing a ball in the sand at the time, said they swam out when they heard a younger child call for help.
Iona said: “He was splashing around. One of my friends helped him to safety, but then we realised there were two other people, a man and a woman, struggling even further out.” The couple in danger was 18 and didn’t know the victims of the tragedy, they added. Iona said the man had “inhaled loads of water” and was heavy as they propped him up and brought him to shore.
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Kaiden added that the current was “very strong”. They said it was around 15 minutes before a lifeguard on a surfboard swam out to them after Iona raised her arm to get attention. The lifeguard got him on a surfboard and he was alright in the end,” Iona added. She said she saw a boat out to sea “on the horizon” but nothing closer to the swimmers. Iona’s dad Ross Hunter, a former lifeguard who taught Iona lifesaving skills, said he was proud of his daughter. Kaiden’s mum Jody, from Basingstoke, Hants, said: “Kaiden said to me he has never known the sea to be that choppy. “When I saw my child get off the train back home, knowing that someone had lost their child, I cannot tell you how that felt. “His instinct was just to help but it really did scare him. We can’t believe the bravery that he showed.” More than 200 friends and family gathered at Sunnah’s funeral on Saturday at the Central Mosque in High Wycombe.
Mohammed Rafiq, 65, a trustee at the Wycombe Islamic Mission and Mosque, said people travelled from towns across the region to pay their respects to Sunnah. He told The Sun: “What happened is tragic for the family. They are very hard-working and well-respected here, this is a close-knit community. “There were hundreds of people who came to the funeral, the queue was overflowing.” Sunnah was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition alongside the teen lad, of Southampton, Hants, before both children died. The other swimmers were treated at the scene. Sunnah travelled to the seaside town with her brother for a half-term getaway on one of the hottest days of the year.
One of her family members said: “She was an absolute force of nature, liked by all and loved by so many. She will be so sorely missed by her parents, siblings and friends. “There are no words to describe the hole she has left in all of our hearts but we will remember her every day for the rest of our lives.” Cops continued to search the Dorset Belle on Saturday – with the 78ft sightseeing boat still under guard in Poole Harbour. The boat visited Bournemouth Pier minutes before the first 999 calls were made, according to the boat tracker site Marine Traffic. A man in his 40s – who was “on the water” at the time – was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and released under investigation on Thursday. The RNLI decline the comment when approached by the Sun Online.