THIS is the first picture of a nine-year-old girl who died in her mother’s arms after she was hit by a single stone on a beach in a freak accident.
Harriet Emily Nicola Forster, nine, was playing in rock pools on Seaton Garth beach in Staithes, North Yorks, when she was hit on the head by a stone that fell from a cliff.
North Yorkshire Police Harriet Emily Nicola Forster, nine, died on a beach in North Yorkshire
She was just 30ft away from steps leading up from the beach and was cradled by her distraught mum as horrified onlookers ran for help.
Her devastated family, from Oxford, have now paid tribute to the youngster, saying: “We cannot comprehend the enormity of this tragedy. Harriet was the light of our lives.
“We ask that you give us time as a family to support each other through our indescribable pain. Thank you.”
Fire crews, ambulances and air ambulance rushed to the seaside village of Staithes after the rockfall but sadly Harriet couldn’t be saved and she was declared dead at the scene.
BackGrid The emergency services say they received a number of calls after a section of the cliff fell Air ambulances arrive at the scene where a nine-year-girl was killed by collapsing cliff
Staithes harbour master and local councillor Norman Fowler, 71, was among passers-by who rushed to the girl’s aid.
He told the Mirror: “She was walking on the rocks with her mum and a stone hit her on the head. It was a freak accident. It was a one-in-a-million chance.”
North News and Pictures A warning sign on cliffs at Staithes in North Yorkshire close to the spot where a nine-year-old girl was tragically killed in a rock fall
PA:Press Association Fire crews were among the emergency responders to rush to Staithes harbour after the tragedy
BackGrid Fire crews, ambulances and air ambulance attended the front of the seaside village of Staithes
Emergency services had rushed to the scene but couldn’t save the little girl
The family were on a day trip to North Yorkshire from Oxford when tragedy struck.
Mr Fowler said: “I saw the lady cradling her in her arms.
“I sat with the mum. She was incoherent, crying. She was shaking and in shock.
“The cliffs just crumble occasionally. It wasn’t a landslide. It was just one piece of stone.
BBC News The cliff crumbled yesterday, claiming the life of a nine-year-old girl
North News and Pictures Police tape barring entrance to the beach at Staithes Girl, nine, dies after cliff collapsed on her on North Yorkshire coast