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Search stepped up for teens missing at sea.


COASTGUARD search and rescue teams last night redoubled their efforts to find two Birmingham teenagers missing after swimming at Barmouth.

Forty searchers set off again at 6pm in the bid to find the youngsters named locally as Yahye Mohammed and Wasseem Almuflehi, both aged 15.

Wasseem was said to be a talented footballer of great promise.

Families of the pals were believed to be in Barmouth, awaiting news and assisted by a police famaily liaison officer.

Both had been visiting the Welsh seaside resort in a coach party from a Birmingham-based community group but were swept away by choppy waters at 1.40pm on Sunday.

Ali Yafi, a cousin of one of the boys, said: "They were just playing in the sea, smiling and having fun. It's so sad."

He said that one of the boys was seen to "disappear under the water" and that attempts to reach them both were to no avail.

"Another person in the same group tried to help them but he couldn't. I saw him stuck there and the kids were stuck, too.

They playing smiling fun. It's Ali "So I went and got help, saying, 'There are three people in trouble'. So far they still haven't been able to find them.

"I just want to thank the police and the emergency services. They have helped us a lot. They have tried their best."

The search for the boys began on Sunday, and was resumed at 5am yesterday.

Teams from Aberdovey, Barmouth, Fairbourne, Criccieth and Harlech were involved, scouring 25 miles of coastline from Aberdovey to Shell Island. The Barmouth inshore lifeboat was launched at 9am to look around the harbour area, and returned at 10.30am.

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Yafi As the tide came in, the operation had to be scaled down, but was beefed up again yesterday evening. Coastguard George Crumpler said: "Since Sunday when the call came, there's been a multiagency response including five coastguard teams, the Barmouth lifeboat, a coastguard helicopter, North Wales Police and Barmouth harbour authorities.

"The search has been covering the shore from Aberdovey to Shell island, about 25 miles, but unfortunately nothing has been located at this time."

David Baily, operations manager for Barmouth RNLI, described the search as "critical" and said they would be on standby, ready to offer any assistance or resource they could.

"We note that it's a critical situation and we are doing our best to find the boys," he said.

Barmouth councillor Gethin Williams said the seaside resort was shocked by the incident as if the boys were "one of their own".

"This is a tight-knit community and it's the same as if they were one of our own," he said. "The community has been through something similar before and we know exactly what the families of the two boys are going through. All our thoughts are with them."

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The two teenagers who went missing after going swimming at Barmouth

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