After a long search, Police have recovered the bodies of Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson, and Hugo Morris, who were travelling for a camping trip, inside an overturned and partly submerged car.
They were sighted last on a Sunday morning in a silver Ford Fiesta. Their families raised the alarm when the group of friends had failed to return home to Shrewsbury.
Four A-Level students, one 16-year-old, two boys aged 17, and one 18-year-old, had travelled to Harlech, Gwynedd, on Saturday evening and had planned to camp in Snowdonia on Sunday, the police informed.
After a member of the public confidentially informed the police that they found a car overturned and partially submerged in water on Tuesday morning, around 5 miles from where they were last seen in Porthmadog two days earlier, Supt Owain Llewelyn, of North Wales police, said that, “at present, this appears to have been a tragic accident, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the four young men at this very difficult time.”
Supt Owain Llewelyn also added that “This has been an extensive search involving a number of different agencies and volunteers, and this is sadly not the outcome that any of us would have wanted.”
Wilf’s girlfriend, Maddi, said in a tribute on Instagram: “I’m going to miss you forever. The sweetest and most loving boy I’ve ever known. Thank you for loving me endlessly, I promise I’ll do the same for you. I can’t imagine my world without you.”
Maddi’s mother, Lisa Corfield, said: “Wilf was such a lovely kind lad and treated Maddi in a way only a mother could hope her daughter be treated. Maddi is heartbroken and we will all miss you dearly Wilf.”
This incident called for several emergency vehicles, supported by two Wales air ambulance helicopters, to respond to an incident just after 10 am on Tuesday, the North Wales ambulance service said.
Residents commented on the fact that the road was steep and narrow and that weather conditions over the weekend had been wet and windy. The fact that there is also very little phone signal in the area is also problematic, they added.
A local councillor, June Jones, told Sky News: “It has been extremely wet, and the rivers have been extremely high over the last few days. It is bad weather to be travelling in, especially with somebody who doesn’t know the roads very well.”
In a joint statement, the local MP, Liz Saville Roberts, and Senedd member, Mabon ap Gwynfor, said: “This news is truly heartbreaking and foremost as parents ourselves,” and how “no words can sufficiently reflect the sorrow that this news brings to our whole community.”
Edited by Vicky Muzio
Photograph: North Wales police/PA
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