A schoolgirl who died after being found unconscious on a beach is understood to have been a 14-year-old Ukrainian refugee staying with a British family after escaping her war-torn home country with her mum.
The body of the girl was found on a beach in Dawlish, Devon, on Saturday (March 4) after she was reported missing.
The year nine pupil sadly died in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital after she was airlifted by paramedics.
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The pair were staying with a family in the town, repots the Sun.
Grieving friends at her school, Dawlish College, are understood to be receiving specialist emotional support.
Devon and Cornwall Police have launched an urgent investigation into her "unexplained" death.
A post-mortem will be carried out as well as toxicology tests as the cause of her death is determined.
Formal identification is due to take place and her next of kin have been informed.
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Detective Inspector Becky Davies said: "The deceased girl was a Ukrainian national who was living in the Dawlish area; contact has been made with the Ukrainian Embassy and The Home Office are also aware of this incident.
"This death is currently being treated as unexplained and enquiries continue as to the circumstances surrounding this death."
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Residents from across the village were shocked to learn of the 14-year-old’s death.
Mayor of Dawlish Lisa Mayne said: "It’s absolutely devastating for people.
"You can’t put it properly into words, how it is going to affect our Ukrainian community here.
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"They have come here to find safety and now they have to come to terms with a terrible tragedy like this.
"It’s dreadfully sad. Her family needs time to grieve and find out what happened.
"People in Dawlish have been so welcoming. This is terrible news for us too."
Anyone with information about the tragedy is encouraged to contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101, quoting reference 50230052081.
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