Live updates

RNLI stood down but search for missing boy continues

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.

Boy missing off Anglesey believed to be from Yorkshire

A boy missing in waters off Aberffraw is believed to be part of a family from Yorkshire, who were on holiday on Anglesey.

A major search has been taking place all afternoon after reports that the child had been swept away in rough waters.

Our reporter Rob Shelley spoke to one of the men heading up the search this evening.


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

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.

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

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


Major search for child swept out to sea off Anglesey

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.

RNLI: Take care visiting the coast due to forecast

RNLI lifeguards are urging people to take extra care when visiting the coast due to large swells of water forecast over the next few weeks.

Our top advice would be to visit a lifeguarded beach and always swim between the red and yellow flags - this is the area that’s monitored by the lifeguard team throughout the day.

If you’re unsure of anything please ask one of the lifeguards – they are always more than happy to help.

– Philip Davies, RNLI Lifeguard Manager

Coast warning as man and children rescued by RNLI

RNLI lifeguards involved in rescue operations at two separate beaches in Wales yesterday are warning people to take care when visiting the coast.

In one incident, seen in the video above, a 46-year-old male bodyboarder was pulled out of the surf at Rotherslade Bay, Gower, and airlifted to hospital.

He had suffered head and spinal injuries after being swept against rocks and was flown to Morriston hospital by RAF rescue helicopter.

Earlier that afternoon, three children aged between eight and 12 were rescued off Newgale beach in Pembrokeshire after being caught in a rip whilst boogie-boarding.

Conditions while rescuing the youngsters were so challenging that lifeguards themselves were thrown into the water.

One child was taken to hospital for treatment following the "dramatic and difficult" rescue.

Two people in 'imminent danger' rescued

Two lifeboats, lifeguards and a helicopter were involved. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

The RNLI says two people were in 'imminent danger' when they were rescued after being cut off by the tide at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown.

Two lifeguards were first on the scene just before 6 o'clock yesterday evening. They had to paddle through 'pounding' waves to get to the pair.

Next on scene were two RNLI lifeboats from Porthcawl.

We could see that the RNLI Lifeguards were with the casualties, and had informed us that there were no injuries. My next concern was that we had to get the 2 persons off the beach quickly as the tide was fast approaching them. I contacted the Coastguard to inform them of my intention to land the lifeboat on the beach, but was informed that an RAF Rescue Helicopter was only 4 minutes away, so we stayed just off the beach while the helicopter winched the casualties to safety.

– Volunteer RNLI Helmsman Chris Missen
Load more updates