A 16-year-old boy rescued from the sea off the north Wales coast has died in hospital hours after the search was called off for his younger brother, North Wales Police said today.
A spokesman said the boy, believed to be James Hole from Hagley near Stourbridge, died at Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital in Bangor at 11.30pm yesterday.
Earlier last night, rescuers searching for the boy's brother, 14-year-old Matthew, found a body at Llandanwg Beach, near Harlech, north Wales, where the boys got into trouble while swimming on Thursday night.
Coastguards said no formal identification had yet been made, but it was believed to be that of the missing teenager and the search had been called off.
The two boys were swimming with another brother, Steven, aged 19. The trio were on holiday in the area, police said. They entered the sea off Llandanwg beach at around 8.40pm on Thursday but soon got into trouble.
The Steven pulled James to safety on the beach but Matthew was swept away by strong currents.
Rescuers, including an underwater search team, launched the search with coastguards from Holyhead, Harlech and Barmouth, an RAF rescue helicopter and lifeboats from Criccieth and Barmouth.
A spokesman for North Wales Police said: "Three teenagers, aged 19, 16 and 14, who were on holiday from the West Midlands, entered the water at a point near a beachside cafe.
"After a while they apparently got into difficulty. The eldest boy succeeded in bringing the 16-year-old to the shore but the 14-year-old boy was swept away by the tide."
Neighbours in Worcester Road, Hagley, described the Hole family as close-knit, friendly and loving.
One neighbour, who did not want to be identified, said: "I have had the impression they are an active family because they often have bikes on their car. They are very friendly. Sue, the boys' mother, often says hello when she is taking the children to school and I am waiting at the bus stop.
"This is such a terrible thing to happen. Our hearts here go out to the family."
A teenager, who is in the same year as Matthew at Haybridge High, described his school mate as a "quiet and nice lad".
Dawn Hanson, from Wolverhampton, who was holidaying at the same spot as the Holes, said the sea had been very rough.
She said: "I cannot believe anyone would have ventured into the sea as it was so rough. It is a terrible tragedy that this has happened."
A Worcestershire County Council spokesman said: "The school are shocked and saddened at the news and their thoughts go out to the family at this tragic and testing time for them."