The search for two teenage boys who disappeared while swimming off Barmouth beach in Wales has been suspended for the night.1swoimThe swimmers, aged 14 and 15, were part of a larger group visiting from Birmingham. The sea search began at 1.40pm and was suspended after about five hours.

A Coastguard statement said: “UK Coastguard coordinated a search for two missing people in the sea at Barmouth on Sunday afternoon.  Following an intensive search of the area, the Coastguard has called off the sea search for the night.

“Coastguard rescue teams will complete all planned shoreline searches by dusk and will be returning to base. Sadly, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old boy are still missing and have not been found.”

Local councillor Ann Griffith told the Daily Post the waters have been “very choppy” all day. RNLI lifeboats, Coastguard rescue teams and the Coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon have all been involved in the search. Police are also assisting the operation and have urged people in a tweet to stay away from the beach.