Memorial For Boy Killed In Storm

The body of 12-year-old Pierre Barnes from Grantham in Lincolnshire was found, days after he went missing after going on a bike ride in a storm while on holiday in France. A memorial is taking place today in memory of Pierre.

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Missing schoolboy in French storm, full report

A schoolboy has gone missing on a holiday island off the south of France during a severe storm. Pierre Barnes from Grantham in Lincolnshire vanished after going for a bike ride near Toulon on the Mediterranean coast.

Rescuers found one of his shoes on a coastal path alongside his bike with its chain off. More than 150 local volunteers have been helping to search for him.

Shoe found in search for boy missing in French storm

The cliff side has been searched after fears the boy may have fallen into the water Credit: ITN

Search teams say they have found a shoe they suspect belongs to the missing for 12-year-old Pierre Barnes who went missing while on holiday near Toulon in France.

Rescue teams being briefed on where the search efforts are being concentrated Credit: ITN

Rescue workers say the shoe was found by a woman in a bush this morning.

Hours after arriving on the island of Porquerolles in the Mediterranean, Pierre from Lincolnshire went for a bike ride in stormy weather, but never returned.

Police and rescue workers are searching through woodland on the small island Credit: ITN
The search is being carried out by land, sea and air for the missing boy Credit: ITN

Rescue workers were searching until 4.00am then returned to search from 7.00am.

Search efforts have extended along a cliff side after fears he may have fallen into the water.


Father speaks about searching for son in French storm

The father of the boy who went missing on a bike ride in stormy weather in France, is hoping his son found somewhere safe to shelter from the bad weather. Speaking to French Television, 57-year-old Stephen Barnes said:

"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."

– Stephen Barnes, Pierre Barnes' father

Pierre Barnes, who's 12, went missing just hours after his family arrived on the island of Porquerolles, near Toulon, for a half term holiday.

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