I was saddened to hear about the recent tragedy with a father who drowned on holiday. He is believed to have been trying to save his two sons after they got into difficulty in the sea at Rhosneigr Beach, Anglesey, when the two boys were swept out of their depth by a rip tide. He dove in to help them but was carried off by the current.
It is understood the youngest son climbed to the safety of nearby rocks and was later saved by a lifeboat team, however, the older boy and his father were swept away and had to be pulled from the sea by rescuers from RAF Valley.
They were taken by helicopter to Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital, in Bangor, but the dad, believed to be in his 40s, was sadly pronounced dead on arrival. The eldest son was in a critical condition, however, is now said to be ‘improving’. The mother of the two boys was present at the scene and is said to have seen the incident unfold.
A Trearddur Bay RNLI spokesman, describing the rescue on the rocks has said that: “Due to the rising tide and rough seas it was extremely difficult for the lifeboat to reach the casualty. The lifeboat tried to veer down onto the rocks so the crew member could transfer the casualty onto the lifeboat but the rough seas made the manoeuvre very difficult. An RNLI crewmember decided to jump into the sea and swim to the rocks to assist the teenager until the lifeboat was able to get closer to the scene.”
Police enquiries are on-going in a bid to establish the full circumstances of the incident, however there is not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
My thoughts go out to the gentleman’s family and friends at this sad time.