Joe Abbess Wiki – Joe Abbess Biography
Joe Abbess, 17, was rescued from the sea as high waves, created by a passing boat, caused a number of bathers to struggle in the water.
Joe, who attended Oasis Academy in Southampton, had gone with friends to Bournemouth last Wednesday during half-term. His family said they are ‘heartbroken and devastated’ at the loss of a ‘fabulous young man’ and ‘talented trainee chef’ who was enjoying a day at Bournemouth beach when he died. The tragedy also claimed the life of 12-year-old Sunnah Khan, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire – her family has paid a heartfelt tribute to her as an ‘angel‘. A friend of Joe’s said today: ‘He was a great lad, he was very popular.
He’d gone to Bournemouth with eight mates last week because it was half-term. They’d gone down to the beach and Joe and a few others were in the sea. All of a sudden there was a commotion and people were struggling in the water. Joe was brought out of the sea onto the beach and paramedics were trying to revive him but they couldn’t do anything. We haven’t got the full details yet on what happened but his death has left a lot of people heartbroken. His family, as you’d expect are not in a good way, and it’s hit a lot of people very hard.’
Joe Abbess was 17 years old.
Second victim of Bournemouth beach tragedy identified
In a statement released through Dorset Police, Joe’s family said: ‘We are heartbroken and devastated at the death of our Joe. He was a wonderful son and brother who is sadly missed. ‘His family and friends will always love him and we are incredibly proud of the fabulous young man he was. He was kind and generous, loving and caring, hardworking and funny. Joe was a talented trainee chef, with a bright future ahead of him.
We were privileged to have him in our lives for 17 years and we are so sorry he will never fulfill his dreams and ambitions. ‘He was enjoying a day at the beach on Wednesday and we would like to thank his friends and all of the emergency services who helped him when this tragedy unfolded.’ Lifeguards hurried into the water by Bournemouth Pier after a group of young people got into difficulty in the sea at around 4.30 pm Wednesday. A further eight were treated by the ambulance service at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.
A subsequent investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy and a man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter but later released under investigation. More than 200 people attended Sunnah’s funeral at the Central Mosque in High Wycombe yesterday. A friend said: ‘She will be missed by everyone, she was very popular and her death will leave a hole that will be impossible to fill. She had so much more to look forward to. She was an angel.’ Mohammed Rafiq, 65, a trustee at the Wycombe Islamic Mission and Mosque said: ‘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.’
Following her death, one relative of the 12-year-old 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.’ Two eyewitnesses at the scene of the tragedy described how paramedics attending assessed which individuals required urgent treatment. Iona Hunter, 14, and Kaiden Andre, 15, swam into the water when they spotted a man and woman who were in difficulty, The Times reported.
One said: ‘[The lifeguard] asked if we were sure he was drowning because there were people who were actually drowning.’ Ross Hunter, Iona’s father, and former lifeguard who had taught her lifesaving skills, said he was immensely proud of his daughter. He said: ‘I feel very proud of her. I think it’s very dangerous what she did but all that being said she is a very good swimmer and I think it’s a testament to who she is.
‘No one knows how they would react in that situation but she was governed by her heart.’