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Sea body identified as missing girl

A body found in the sea off South Wales is missing Scottish teenager Hollie McClymont, police have confirmed.

The 14-year-old, from Glasgow, had not been seen since she went swimming off Barry Island last Sunday.

More than 40 specialist officers were deployed in the search for the teenager, as well as a helicopter and Coastguards.

And detectives broke the news Hollie's family had been dreading - a body had been found near to where the schoolgirl was last seen alive.

Chief Inspector Marc Lamerton, of South Wales Police, said the deceased had now been formally identified.

He said: "We can confirm that a body recovered from the sea near Fontygary in the Vale of Glamorgan has been formally identified as that of 14-year-old Hollie McClymont.

"The body was discovered by a police search team this afternoon. Our thoughts are with Hollie's family at this difficult time."

St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School pupil Hollie had gone to South Wales with her mother, Sarah, for a holiday. Police said the Scottish family chose Barry Island because they have relatives living in the area.

The teenager was last seen getting into difficulty at around 2.45pm on Sunday off the coast of Whitmore Bay which is a popular destination for sun-seekers. However, officers said emergency crews were not alerted to the incident until an hour after she was last seen, something Coastguards said they were "dumbfounded by".

Once the alarm had been raised, life-savers sprang into action, calling on the skills and local knowledge of RNLI crews as well as deploying a helicopter in the area. But 24 hours later, Coastguards said they had exhausted their efforts to find Hollie and formally handed the investigation over to police.


From Belfast Telegraph