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Uxbridge College student dies in ‘tragic accident’ during school trip

A 17-year-old student from Uxbridge College in Hillingdon has died after getting into difficulty in the sea during a school trip to West Sussex. The college principal has described the incident as a “tragic accident.”

Emergency services were called to West Wittering beach, near Chichester, at around 1pm on Tuesday (July 2) after concerns were raised for the teenager’s welfare in the water. The student was part of a group from Uxbridge College in west London, visiting the area to celebrate the end of term.

Uxbridge College principal Dylan McTaggart said: “This was a tragic accident that has had a huge impact on everyone here. Our priority now is to look after all those affected.

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“We have enlisted the help of qualified counsellors and will make sure that over the next days and weeks we have staff and professional support available to our community.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we ask that you respect their privacy as they grieve the loss of a child.”

Sussex Police said, Detective Inspector Darren Taylor said: “This was an absolutely tragic incident and I would like to express my sincere condolences to the boy’s loved ones at this heartbreaking time.

“A police investigation, supported by the Health and Safety Executive, is underway to establish the full facts.

“We are asking anyone who has any information that could help to contact us online or via 101, quoting Operation Redhill.”

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