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Search resumes for missing boy off Anglesey coast

The search has resumed for a 12-year-old boy who went missing off the coast of Anglesey on Friday afternoon.

The boy was swept out to sea whilst paddling with a younger boy.

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Lifeboats and three helicopters had searched for the boy, believed to be on holiday from Huddersfield, Yorkshire, but the search was called off last night due to poor conditions.

Coastguards said they were told two children had been paddling in the water when waves swept the boy away.

A spokesman said:

"The father managed to get one of the children out of the water and the grandfather went in to rescue the other lad but a wave swept over. He managed to grab the rocks but lost grip of the child who is missing."

Search for missing boy postponed due to poor conditions

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Rescue crews have been searching for the boy since this afternoon Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Holyhead coastguard have called off their search for a missing 12-year-old boy who was swept off the Anglesey coast earlier today. The search has been postponed due to poor conditions and darkness.

Crews from Porthdinllaen, Holyhead and Trearddur Bay will resume their search tomorrow morning.

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RNLI stood down but search for missing boy continues

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Search and rescue helicopter at Aberffraw beach earlier today. Credit: Dil Griff

Three RNLI lifeboats involved in the search for a child missing in waters off Anglesey have been stood down for the evening, ITV News has been told.

Crews from Porthdinllaen, Holyhead and Trearddur Bay were called to assist with the search at around one o'clock this afternoon.

Coastguards, Sea King rescue helicopters from RAF Valley and North Wales Police have all been scouring the coastline for the boy.

Loom band charms pulled over harmful chemicals fear

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The toy company has emphasised that it is not the actual loom bands that are affected (file photo). Credit: Geoff Kirby/EMPICS Entertainment

One of the country's leading toy stores has taken loom band charms off its shelves amid fears they might contain potentially harmful chemicals.

The Entertainer said the charms could contain phthalates, which can disrupt hormones in children.

The chemicals, which are used to soften plastics, have been banned in toys on sale in the European Union for several years.

The Entertainer, which has 92 stores across the UK, is described on its website as the biggest independent toy retailer in the country.

In Wales, it has stores in Cardiff, Cwmbran and Wrexham.

Child missing in waters off Anglesey '12-year-old boy'

ITV News understands a child swept out to sea off the coast of Anglesey is a 12-year-old boy.

Holyhead Coastguard received a 999 call earlier this afternoon, reporting that a number of people were stuck on rocks in the estuary.

Further information then suggested that two men had managed to make it back to shore, plus a young boy. However, another youngster was caught in the large waves and swept out to sea.

– Coastguard spokesperson

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Child swept out to sea off Aberffraw in 'choppy' waters

The RNLI says the man and boy were were swept out to sea off Aberffraw, on the west coast of Anglesey.

The man was able to make his way back to shore, but the child is still missing.

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A major search has been launched after a man and boy were swept out to sea off Aberffraw, Anglesey.
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The search for the child is ongoing and involves two RNLI lifeboats, Coastguard teams and an RAF helicopter.

Read: Waters 'rough' and 'choppy' in search for missing boy

Waters 'rough' and 'choppy' in search for missing boy

Crews searching for a child missing off the coast of Anglesey have described weather conditions as 'rough'.

Both lifeboat stations were requested by HM Coastguard to launch this afternoon after they received reports of two people, a man and a boy, who were swept out to sea off Aberffraw.

Trearddur Bay volunteers launched the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat within three minutes of the pagers sounding at 1pm this afternoon, with Porthdinllaen all-weather lifeboat launching shortly after to assist in the search.

Weather conditions are rough, with very choppy seas.

– RNLI statement

Read: Major search for child swept out to sea off Anglesey

Major search for child swept out to sea off Anglesey

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RNLI crews have launched a major search for a missing boy swept out to sea off the coast of Anglesey (file photo). Credit: Nicholas Leach

A major search operation is underway for a child missing in rough waters off the coast of Anglesey.

RNLI lifeboats from Porthdinllaen and Trearddur Bay launched just after one o'clock this afternoon after receiving reports of a man and a boy being swept out to sea off Aberffraw.

An RNLI spokesperson said the child, whose age is currently unconfirmed, is still missing in conditions described as rough with very choppy seas.

The man managed to make his way back to shore.

The search currently involves two RNLI lifeboats, coastguard teams and an RAF helicopter.

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