Mum of tragic teen Sam Capper sends heartfelt thanks to rescuers
THE mother of a schoolboy who lost his life while fishing off Gower has issued a heartfelt “thank you” to all those who tried to save him.
Sam Capper, 15, from Well Lane in Birkenhead, Merseyside, was fishing off rocks near Llangennith with his brother and friends at around 8pm on Wednesday, August 1.
He could not be saved despite the valiant efforts of his brother, 21-year-old Lewis Hunt, who jumped in after him.
Coastguard officers, several lifeboat crews and a Sea King helicopter from Chivenor, North Devon, raced to the scene.
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Lewis, 21, was rescued and taken to Morriston Hospital in Swansea, but it was too late for Sam.
Leah Hunt the mother of Sam Capper said: “I want to express on behalf of myself, Lewis and the family, our heartfelt thanks to all who were involved, in the rescue which included the police, the crews of the RNLI lifeboat and RAF helicopter and the medical staff at the hospital.
“I would like also to thank the members of the public who assisted during the boys’ rescue.
“I would like to say a special thank you to all the holidaymakers at the site where my boys stayed, as they were heaven-sent in the way they all embraced us into their community.”
Meanwhile, the helmsman of Burry Port RNLI, Owain Davies, who took part in the rescue said that all those involved had been left devastated by the tragedy.
Mr Davies said: “We proceeded with haste — when we get reports of a person in the water we pull out all the stops.
“The onlookers on the cliffs had sight of people in the water and they guided the lifeboat onto the older brother.
“He was conscious and alert and in severe shock and starting to show signs of hypothermia.
“We started giving him treatment while the other boat was searching for his younger brother.”
Burry Port press officer Hugh Owen added: “Its gratifying to know that the families think of the work that the RNLI does and that they appreciate the effort of our volunteer crews.
“The boys always find it difficult dealing with a loss like this but it’s what we are trained to do.
“Our thoughts go out to the family.”
An inquest into the death has been opened and adjourned.