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Hollie McClymont: Head teacher's sadness at her death

Hollie McClymont
Image caption Hollie McClymont's body was identified by her family on Wednesday

The head teacher at the school attended by a Glasgow teenager whose body was recovered from the sea in south Wales has spoken of his shock and sadness.

Hollie McClymont, 14, was last seen in difficulties in the water at the resort of Barry Island on Sunday.

Andrew McSorley of St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School said their thoughts and prayers were with her family.

Her body was recovered from the sea at Fontygary, near Rhoose, in the Vale of Glamorgan on Wednesday.

Hollie had been on holiday with her family, including her mother Sarah, when she went missing.

Police said the family chose Barry Island because they have relatives living in the area.

Mr McSorley said: "It was a terrible shock to learn of Hollie's death.

"She was due to start fourth year in August and everyone at the school who knew her will be shocked and saddened by this awful news.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they deal with their devastating loss."

South Wales Police said the last sighting of Hollie was in the sea at around 14:45 BST on Sunday in the part of the bay nearest the Island Leisure Amusement arcade, Western Shelter.

Coastguards led an extensive air and sea search off Whitmore Bay on Sunday.

The search resumed on Monday involving Barry and Penarth coastguard teams, police officers and the force helicopter.

But on Monday evening Swansea Coastguard confirmed it had concluded its search.

Police handed out leaflets about Hollie to tourists and also carried out house-to-house inquiries in Barry.

Hollie's body was found by a specialist police search team near the village of Fontygary three miles (4.8km) south-west of Barry on Wednesday.

Her body was taken to Llandough Hospital in Cardiff where she was formally identified by her family.

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