North West Wales

Anglesey rescue: Police appeal for more information after John Lawrence death

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

Police have appealed for more information after a father died while swimming with his two sons in the sea off Anglesey last week.

John Lawrence, from the Manchester area, got into difficulty off Rhosneigr last Friday.

North Wales Police said the 69-year-old and his sons, aged 25 and 20, had gone for a swim off Broad Beach.

But the strong current washed them towards rocks where one of the sons managed to clamber to safety.

However Mr Lawrence and his other son were washed out to sea.

Sgt Andy McGregor of North Wales Police said: "Although we are not treating the incident as suspicious we would urge anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward so that we can get a true picture of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

"We are continuing with inquires on behalf of the coroner and need the assistance of the public. Anyone with details should contact 101."

It was thought that Mr Lawrence had been attempting to rescue his two sons.

One son was in a critical condition in hospital at Bangor but has now been discharged along with his brother, who suffered leg injuries.

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

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

Mr Lawrence and one of his sons were airlifted by helicopter to hospital while the other was taken by ambulance.

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

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