Mother of six-year-old girl who drowned on a church trip to the beach bursts into tears as coroner rules the death was an accident and clears organisers of wrongdoing

  • Little Dajahnel Amazin Young went missing while on a trip at Margate, Kent
  • Her body was spotted floating by a passerby before emergency services arrived
  • She was taken to hospital in the town, where she died on July 28 last year
  • Today a coroner said the girl's death was accidental and she died of immersion
  • Amazin had been collecting seashells to give to her mother before she died 

The heartbroken mother of a six-year-old girl who drowned in the sea while out on a day trip left a courtroom in tears today as a coroner ruled her death was an accident.

Little Dajahnel Amazin Young went missing while out on a day trip with a church group at Margate, Kent in July last year.

Her body was found floating in the water in the harbour area of the resort by a passerby who first thought it was a 'floating plank of debris'.

Emergency services attended the scene to save the girl and she was taken to the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in the town, where she was pronounced dead on July 28 last year. 

Dajahnel Amazin Young, 6, went missing during a trip with a church group at Margate, Kent in July last year

Dajahnel Amazin Young, 6, went missing during a trip with a church group at Margate, Kent in July last year

The girl's mother Camille Remekie, of Erith, south east London, said she had given instruction to Cynthia and Fitzroy Robinson, who organised the trip, to keep her daughter out of the water. 

Ms Remekie said she expected the pair to look after Dajahnel, known by her middle name Amazin, and keep her from going in the sea, but they said they were not given such instruction.

Coroner Alan Blunsdon said their actions were not negligent and did not amount to 'gross failure'.

He ruled the girl's death was accidental and that she died of immersion. 

The inquest was previously told Amazin had just walked back from the water after being with Mrs Robinson's husband and the other children when she said she needed the toilet.

Camille Remekie left the courtroom in tears today after a coroner ruled her daughter's death was an accident and she died of immersion

Camille Remekie left the courtroom in tears today after a coroner ruled her daughter's death was an accident and she died of immersion

Mrs Robinson said: 'She said she wanted to wee, but by the time (she walked back to me) it looked like she waited until she was bursting - so she (wet) herself.'

She told the inquest that she said to Amazin that when the trip was finished, she would change her.

Mrs Robinson said she went into her tent to find her phone to take a video of the trip, but when she came out, she noticed the girl was not there.

Speaking at the conclusion of the inquest in Sandwich, Kent, Mr Blunsdon said: 'There is no evidence why Amazin left or where she went. Perhaps she decided to rejoin Mr Robinson on the shoreline.

'Or having overheard the older group discussing going to purchase ice cream she decided to follow them.

Fitzroy and Cynthia Robinson organised the day trip but denied being given any instruction by Amazin's mother

Fitzroy and Cynthia Robinson organised the day trip but denied being given any instruction by Amazin's mother

'What did become clear from the narration of the mobile phone video of Mrs Robinson is that she did not believe her to be lost.

'It was noisy and windy. There were several unofficial parties with music and BBQs.

'She may have been confused and disorientated thinking she saw her group in the water and went to rejoin them.

'Alternatively if she had tried to join those getting the ice cream she could have also become confused by the crowds on the beach.

'I have sufficient evidence to find that she entered the water intentionally but did not realise that it would lead her into peril.'

Cynthia Robinson, pictured, noticed Amazin was missing while recording a video on her phone

Cynthia Robinson, pictured, noticed Amazin was missing while recording a video on her phone

On the day the girl died there were about 6,500 people on the beach, peaking between 2pm and 4pm.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) previously told the inquest 25 children, including Amazin, had gone missing on the beach that day. 

Mr Blunsdon said: 'With the exception of Amazin all children reported missing were restored to their parents that day.' 

The court heard Ms Remekie was initially reluctant to allow her daughter to go to the beach as she did not want her to go into the 'dirty' water.

The mother only decided to let her go on the trip the night before.

The relationship between long-term friends Ms Remekie and Mrs Robinson had been strained for a number of years, but allowing Amazin to go to the beach was seen as a step to 'mending' their friendship.  

Ms Remekie said she had asked the Robinsons to keep her daughter Amazin, pictured with her, out of the 'dirty' water

Ms Remekie said she had asked the Robinsons to keep her daughter Amazin, pictured with her, out of the 'dirty' water

Ms Remekie had lived with the Robinsons on and off for several years before she gave birth to her daughter but had not spoken for several months before the beach trip. 

The Robinsons denied being given any instruction and Mr Robinson said he tested Amazin in the sea after she tried to persuade him she could swim.

The 'active and inquisitive' six-year-old was part of a group that had eight children aged 12 and under being taken to the beach.

Mr Blunson said: 'The inattention leading to the disappearance of a child is not in my judgement evidence of gross failure.'

'I do not feel the conduct of Mr and Mrs Robinson meets the threshold for a gross failure.'

When her body was found, Amazin was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead on July 28 last year

When her body was found, Amazin was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead on July 28 last year

Amazin last spoke to her mother on a video call at 2.04pm, the inquest was told, before she went missing at sometime between then and 2.24pm.

Mrs Robinson had been filming on her phone when she realised the child was missing - cutting short the video at about 2.24pm to go and look for her.

Police were alerted to Amazin's body after it was found floating by eyewitness Alexander Fright at 3.13pm.

Amazin, who could not swim, had been collecting seashells to give to her mother as a present before she died.

Death of six-year-old girl who drowned on a trip to the beach was an accident, coroner rules 

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