Two bodies recovered from sea

The bodies of two men have been recovered from waters off the coast of Anglesey. They have not yet been formally identified but it follows a search for two climbers aged 48 and 21, who had been climbing in the North Stack area of Holyhead.

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They were student Jack Hutton-Potts, 23, of Petersfield in Hampshire and 48-year-old Vaughan Richard Holme of Horsham in West Sussex.

The pair had been roped together on the Gogarth cliffs which are up to 400ft tall near the North Stack at Holyhead on the north coast of Anglesey.

Friends raised the alarm on Saturday night when they failed to meet them. Three lifeboats and an RAF helicopter from the nearby Valley base took part in a major search.

The bodies were found in the sea on Sunday morning and recovered by the crew of a lifeboat.

Two bodies recovered from sea in Anglesey search

North Wales Police have confirmed that the bodies of two men have been recovered from the sea off the Anglesey coast.

It follows major search operation for two missing climbers.

The bodies have not been formally identified, but the discovery follows a search for two climbers - a 48-year-old man from Sussex and a 21-year-old man from Hampshire, who had been climbing in the North Stack area of Holyhead yesterday.

They were reported missing around 10.15pm last night. A search operation involving RAF 22 Squadron, the Coastguard and North Wales Police was halted at 1am this morning and resumed at first light.

The bodies were located in the sea shortly after 7.15am today. The North West Wales Coroner will be informed.

– North Wales Police statement

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Major search overnight for Holyhead climbers

Search efforts have focused on the sea and cliffs between North Stack and South Stack, Holyhead. Credit: Gerallt Jones

A major search has taken place overnight for two climbers who went missing near Holyhead on Anglesey.

Two RNLI lifeboats went out at around 10pm last night, alongside the coastguard and a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Valley.

The search was suspended at 1.30am due to poor weather conditions and resumed at 4am this morning.

The two men are understood to be in their 50s and 20s.

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