North West Wales

Anglesey rescue: Father who died is named as John Lawrence

Trearddur Bay lifeboat taking part in a rescue
Image caption Trearddur Bay lifeboat had to contend with Force Seven winds in the rescue

A father who died while apparently attempting to rescue his two sons from the sea off Anglesey has been named.

John Lawrence, from the Manchester area, is thought to have been trying to help his sons who had got into difficulty off Rhosneigr on Friday.

One son was in a critical condition in hospital at Bangor but has now been discharged. The other son suffered leg injuries.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones has begun an investigation into the death.

Under new coroners' rules which came into force last month, he will then decide whether there is to be an inquest.

A rescue operation was launched after the alarm was raised at 14:50 BST on Friday following reports of three people in difficulty.

It involved the RNLI inshore lifeboat from Trearddur Bay and a helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey.

Mr Lawrence, believed to be in his 40s, and one of his sons were airlifted by helicopter to hospital while the other was taken by ambulance.

On Monday afternoon it was confirmed that the son who has been in a critical condition following the rescue has now been discharged from Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor.

Rescuers had to battle Force Seven winds to reach the men.

North Wales Police have ruled out any suspicious circumstances.

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