Mother tells inquest of horrific moment daughter drowned after ‘freak 8ft ...

A mother told how she watched helplessly as her five-year-old daughter was swept to her death by a freak wave during a family trip to the seaside.

Sofia Carter, from Salisbury, Wiltshire had been walking along a beach with daughters Rose and Juliet when the 8ft wave crashed onto them without warning.

They were 15ft back from the water at the Durdle Door spot in Dorset on April 18 when she and Rose were knocked off their feet.

She was able to stand up, but Rose was dragged out and was about 30ft out to sea.  

They were 15ft back from the water at the Durdle Door beauty spot in Dorset (pictured) on April 18 when she and Rose were knocked off their feet

They were 15ft back from the water at the Durdle Door spot in Dorset (pictured) on April 18 when she and Rose were knocked off their feet

Mrs Carter, 32, said in a statement that she had taken the girls to the popular spot, which the family visited often, for the day while her husband Martin was at work.

She said: 'The waves were rough so we stayed close to the beach. I did not think it was dangerous.

'My eldest daughter was in front of me and Rose was about three metres behind me.

'I saw a really big wave which went over her head and knocked her off her feet.

'I was pulled under the water two or three times and when I stood up I could no longer see Rose.

Lucy Seviour, left, a former triathlete, told the inquest of how she got 2ft from reaching Rose but was beaten back by another wave

'From the evidence I think it was exactly that, a tragic accident.'

Lucy Seviour, left, a former triathlete, told the inquest of how she got 2ft from reaching Rose but was beaten back by another wave. Rose's grandmother Jen Carter said after the hearing: 'From the evidence I think it was exactly that, a tragic accident'

'A man pulled me out and I could then see Rose was beyond the breaking waves.'

She said her daughter could could swim using doggy paddle and had swum in lakes before.

Mrs Carter screamed for help and a woman climber who was stood further back on the beach but was also drenched by the same wave raced into the water.  

Lucy Seviour, a former triathlete, told an inquest of how she got 2ft from reaching Rose but was beaten back by another wave.

Miss Seviour said: 'I could see Rose had been knocked flat by the wave and was already halfway down the beach in about a second.

'I went in the water to see if I could get her out.

Mrs Carter, said in a statement that she had taken the girls to the popular beauty spot (pictured) which the family visited often, for the day while her husband Martin was at work

Mrs Carter, said in a statement that she had taken the girls to the popular spot (pictured) which the family visited often, for the day

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