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Brazil body is missing Nottingham boy Elliot Deslandes

Elliot Deslandes
Image caption Elliot is thought to have been hit by a powerful wave while swimming

A body found in Brazil is that of missing Nottingham teenager Elliot Deslandes.

The 14-year-old, from Arnold, vanished while swimming at Ilha Grande island near Rio de Janeiro on 2 November, during a holiday with family friends.

He is thought to have been struck by powerful wave and swept out to sea.

The Foreign and Commonweath Office confirmed a British national had died at Ilha Grande and said it was providing consular assistance.

Elliot's mother flew out to Brazil while the search for the teenager was still ongoing.

Family friend Michelle Marsden said: "His mum, in her deepest heart of hearts, she knew, because she told me on the phone the day she left.

Donating money

"But at least she's got a body, she can bring him home. That gives her a bit of closure."

Ms Marsden thanked the Arnold community for donating money to allow Elliot's mother to travel to South America.

She said a planned fundraising event on Friday night would go ahead despite the confirmation of the teenager's death, with the money being used to "bring his body home and give him a really good send-off".

The Michael Jackson-themed night is being held at the Maid Marian pub, in Coppice Road, Arnold, from 1700 to 2100 GMT.

A further fundraising event will be held at the same pub on the evening of 20 November.

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