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Search for missing schoolboy

The search is on for a 12-year-old schoolboy who disappeared during a half-term family break on a Mediterranean holiday island.

It's feared that Pierre Barnes from Grantham may have been swept out to sea during a violent storm. He'd gone for a bike ride soon after his family arrived at the island of Porquerolles, near the port city of Toulon, off the south coast of France. David Hirst reports.

Fears grow for missing boy

Missing schoolboy Pierre Barnes with his parents Credit: Press Association

Fears are growing for the safety of a Lincolnshire schoolboy who disappeared on a holiday island off the south of France during a severe storm. 12-year-old Pierre Barnes, vanished on Saturday after going for a bike ride on the island of Porquerolles, near Toulon on the Mediterranean coast.

Rescuers yesterday found one of his shoes on a coastal path, alongside his bike with its chain off. His father Stephen, 57, from Grantham, told French television of his hopes that his son had survived the storm.

"I am certain he went off on an adventure on his bicycle but in the forest all the little tracks look the same. He is lost but he is a strong boy and I hope he found a place to sleep where there was not too much wind. It's difficult to say what you can do when you are cold and frightened, " he said.

Pierre disappeared just hours after he and his family arrived on the island for a week-long half-term holiday, it was reported. More than 150 local volunteers are believed to have helped search for him yesterday.


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