Frantic family name boy, 14, missing after swimming off Essex coast in heatwave… as one other teen remains missing

The youngster, named locally as Ben Quartermaine was with another teenager when the pair got into trouble after they went in the water to cool down.

Coastguards, lifeboat crews, paramedics, and police arrived at the scene at 6.20pm yesterday.
Ben's sister, Soph Quartermaine, begged people on Facebook to get in touch if they had any information about his whereabouts.

She wrote online: "I truly beg that if ANYONE HAS information regarding Ben Quartermaine please, no matter how small, contact someone."

Soph said today: "Search continues this morning. Scuba team will be out searching at low tide. Everyone thank you for your support."

The boy Ben was swimming with was eventually saved by a lifeboat crew and was reunited with his family.

It is thought the pair got into difficulty while swimming before rescuers were seen "up to their necks" in water under the pier as they tried to find the lad, Essex Live reports.

Meanwhile, a search operation continued this morning after a 17-year-old boy went missing after swimming in a quarry in Warwickshire.

It comes after a swimmer in his 20s was found dead after drowning in a Slough river yesterday as Brits take to the waters to cool off in the heatwave.

A witness told the Clacton and Frinton Gazette he had seen two boys about 14 years old struggling in the water.

He said: "Pier staff were trying to throw liferings out into the water from the pier, but I could only see that one lad could get hold.

"The current seemed to have them. It was horrible to see."

The search was suspended last night, with the coastguard adding it would begin again at first light.

Yesterday, a young girl was swept out to sea off the Kent coast before being rescued and rushed to hospital.

A 17-year-old teen also got into difficulty while swimming in Bishops Bowl lakes, near Bishops Itchington, at 6.30pm.

Rescue teams, including police, an air ambulance and firefighters, scrambled to the scene and were seen scouring the 90 acre former lime quarry.

The roads leading into the village closed as rescue teams battled to find the missing boy.

One villager said: "It really looks bad. There was a load of police and ambulance activity at around 7pm.

"Since then I've seen trailers loaded with canoes being taken up to the lakes which I would assume are being used by the rescuers to search for the lad.

"The lake is a known area for kids to swim in but it's dangerous. There are huge reeds under the surface which can easily drag you under."

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