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Grampian Police Searching For Reece Sweeney Find Body After Teenager Was 'Swept Out To Sea' In Aberdeenshire

Police searching for teenager Reece Sweeney who had apparently swept out to sea have recovered a body.

The family of the missing 16-year-old has been formally identified by his family.

Mr Sweeney was in the water at Banff Bay in Aberdeenshire with two friends when he vanished in the early hours of Saturday morning. It is believed he was swept away by a wave.

The ambulance service received a call at about 2.30am on Saturday saying that somebody was in the water and in need of help.

Grampian Police is investigating the circumstances leading up to the three people being in the water.

A friend has reportedly described how the group was in shallow water when a wave struck and they were knocked off their feet.

Stephanie McKendrick, 17, told the Scottish Sun Sunday: "The current was really strong. I'm a good swimmer but Reece isn't.

"We both went under and I was trying to hold on to his hand - but when I came up he was not there. I shouted to him but there was no reply."

The search, which involved the coastguard, RNLI lifeboats, an air/sea rescue helicopter and a Grampian Police underwater search team, found no trace of the missing teenager yesterday.

Further searches were carried out this morning by police officers and the coastguard and Grampian Police later confirmed the discovery of the body.

Following the identification, the force said in a statement: "Grampian Police would take this opportunity to thank the local public and the various maritime partner agencies involved in the search for Reece, for their invaluable assistance during this tragic incident."

A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has reminded members of the public to call 999 and ask for the coastguard if they get into difficulty on or along the coast.