Man who dies off Anglesey coast named

5 August 2013, 15:17 | Updated: 5 August 2013, 15:19

John Raymond Lawrence, believed to be from Manchester, died last Friday (2nd).

North Wales Police believe that the middle aged man had gone into the water off Rhosneigr Beach to try and save his two sons, who had got into difficulties.

One of his sons was said to be in a critical condition after being flown to hospital by the Search and Rescue team from nearby RAF Valley, whereas the other boy was rescued from rocks by the RNLI volunteers from Trearddur Bay.  An RNLI spokesman said: "Due to the rising tide and rough seas it was extremely difficult for the lifeboat to reach the casualty.

"The lifeboat tried to veer down onto the rocks so the crew member could transfer the casualty onto the lifeboat but the rough seas made the manoeuvre very difficult."

The lifeboat, which had been official named on Prince William, and his then fiance Kate Middleton's first engagement together, was damaged in the rescue.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones was “investigating the evidence and will then decide whether there is to be an inquest,” his office stated at Caernarfon. 

Changes to coroner's rules mean that details of middle-aged Mr Lawrence’s age or address were not given, although he was believed to be from the Manchester area and in his forties.