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Tributes paid to 'happy, polite' 13-year-old who died after falling into sea off Great Orme

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The family of a 13-year-old boy who died after being pulled from the water on the Great Orme in Llandudno have paid tribute to a "happy, polite soul".

Dillan Brown, from Llandudno, is understood to have slipped, hit his head and plunged into the water while paying with a friend.

The teenager was airlifted to hospital in Bangor after he was recovered by coastguards at Pigeon’s Cove, but later died.

In a statement on behalf of relatives, Samuel Williams, who has a child with Dillan's sister Kelly, called him a "a happy, polite soul" who was "always well-mannered".

He was absolutely fantastic with my daughter Lilly-May, he was a brilliant uncle to her.

Last night was a tragic turn of events - he had gone to Pigeon's Cove with a friend and unfortunately he slipped, hit his head and fell into the sea, unfortunately he did not survive.

His friend tried to help but he couldn't get to him in time and so he was airlifted to hospital.

On behalf of his mother, brothers and sisters, they would like to thank everybody for their kind words and actions in this tragic situation.

Although this has absolutely destroyed the family, their faith in humanity has been restored.

– Samuel Williams

A fundraiser has been started to cover the schoolboy's funeral and support his grieving family and a memorial gig for the teenager is being played on 24 May, Mr Williams said.

A coastguard spokesperson confirmed they were called just before 9pm on 4th May with reports of a person in the water.

Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Team, RNLI Llandudno inshore and all weather lifeboats, HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon, North Wales Police and Welsh Ambulance Service were sent to the scene.

The person was recovered from the water and was airlifted to Bangor hospital.

– Coastguard spokesperson

A spokesperson from the coastguard said that when teams arrived the boy had already been pulled from the water and was transferred to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor where he later died.

North Wales Police say there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances at this time.

Superintendent Nick Evans said the force's deepest condolences are with the family and asked for their privacy to be respected.