North West Wales

Schoolboy Isaac Nash's death misadventure, says coroner

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Media captionIsaac, pictured with his mother Zoe, was 'full throttle in everything he did' says his grandfather

A schoolboy was swept out to sea by waves despite desperate efforts by family members to save him, an inquest has heard.

Isaac Nash, 12, from Huddersfield, was on holiday when he got into difficulty at Aberffraw on Anglesey last August.

His brother Xander was saved by his father but Isaac could not be rescued, the hearing at Llangefni was told.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones recorded a conclusion of misadventure and said Isaac probably drowned.

Despite a lengthy police and coastguard search, Isaac's body has never been found.

His mother Zoe told the inquest that her son was a strong swimmer "one step off competition swimming" and had lessons from being three years old.

She said her two sons had been jumping over the crests of waves when they began moving across the beach.


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Media captionIsaac was on holiday when he got into difficulty at Aberffraw last August

Their grandfather became concerned for them and began shouting to them.

"I could hear my son Isaac calling out," said his father, Adam Nash.

"It was more of a shriek - out of desperation."

Mr Nash said he went into the water towards his other son and managed to bring him to safety.

He said Xander was "struggling to breathe".

"The waves were coming over his face."

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Isaac's grandfather Paul Nash tried to reach him but was unable to save him.

Mr Nash described how the two boys were being pulled out to sea by a current as the estuary water met the sea.

He told the inquest how he realised the pair were in danger and stripped to his shorts and went into the water.

Mr Nash said he managed to reach them and they were in a state of panic.

"They were grabbing at me, pushing me, pulling me under the water," he said.

'Wave separated us'

"I screamed at them 'swim, swim'."

He said waves crashed into them and they were separated. He told the inquest he tried again to reach Isaac.

"I got hold of him," he said.

"A big wave hit us, we got separated. I lost him. I tried my best to find him.

"I found myself hauling myself onto rocks. I don't know what happened next, I was spark out on the rocks. That's when help came."

A spokesman for Anglesey council said plans were under way to put up warning signs at the beach.

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Image caption Adam Nash, left, could hear Isaac calling out, the inquest heard

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