Teenage girl missing in sea named as Holly McClymont

4-year-old went missing from Barry Island, south Wales

A teenage schoolgirl missing after getting into “difficulty” in the sea at a busy resort was named today as Holly McClymont from Glasgow.

One day since the 14-year-old went missing from Barry Island, south Wales, a joint police and coastguard operation to find her continues.

Rescue craft and foot patrols and helicopters are combing the shoreline on either side of Whitmore Bay today.

Sun seekers and hundreds of holiday makers are back in the sea off the same beach from where the teenager was last seen yesterday.

"A joint search operation between South Wales Police and HM Coastguard is continuing for a teenage girl missing from Barry Island, South Wales," a police spokesman said.

"Holly McClymont, aged 14, from Glasgow, was last seen by friends in difficulty in the sea on Sunday.

"The incident was reported to a PCSO patrolling Barry Island and enquiries have been continuing to locate Holly who was in Barry visiting family.

"Holly is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, of average build, with long black hair dyed red.

"She was last seen wearing a multi coloured dress floral dress, described as short at the front and longer at the back."

Superintendent Marc Lamerton, based at Barry Police Station, said: "HM Coastguard is conducting a land and sea search of the area and officers from our specialist search team are also at sea assisting with the search.

"This is obviously a very worrying time for Holly's family and we are keeping them updated.

"Our last sighting of Holly is at around 2.45pm in the sea, in the part of the bay nearest the Island Leisure Amusement arcade, Western Shelter, Barry Island.

"While the focus of the search is at sea we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Holly yesterday.

"Barry Island was extremely busy and we would appeal for anyone with information to contact South Wales Police on 101."