Wandsworth Bridge Speedboat Death Case Reopened

Charlotte Brown was on a first date when she died

Police are to investigate the death of a young woman who died after a boating accident on the Thames in December 2015.

24-year-old Charlotte Brown from Finchley died when the boat she was in with her date capsized near Wandsworth Bridge. Charli, as she liked to be known, and a 29-year-old man were recovered from the water and taken to hospital. Charli died in hospital.

Charlotte Brown

At the time of the accident police treated her death as non-suspicious but this week revealed that they are now investigating the possibility of manslaughter. An inquest was originally set for 15 December but is still to be heard more than a year later. Detectives have confirmed that the investigation into Charlotte Brown's death remains ongoing and that offences including manslaughter are now being investigated: "Due to the nature of the offences being looked at, detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are now investigating."

At around 11.45pm on Tuesday December 8 2015, police responded to reports of shouting coming from the River Thames at Plantation Wharf, just east of Wandsworth Bridge. The boat was later recovered from the water at Putney embankment. A post-mortem examination of Charli was held on December 11 at St George's Hospital mortuary. No cause of death was established and the coroner ordered further tests.

The 29-year-old man who was with Charli on the night was discharged from hospital after the incident. He assisted officers as a significant witness but will not be named at this time as he has not been charged.

Wandsworth Bridge
Boat capsized just east of Wandsworth Bridge

March 20, 2017