Family pays tribute to 'unique' boy

The heartbroken relatives of a schoolboy who drowned while on a fishing trip with his brother have spoken of their utter devastation.

Sam Capper was on a family holiday when he fell from rocks in Blue Pool Corner, Llangennith, Swansea, on Wednesday evening.

Since news of the tragedy broke, tributes have poured in for the popular 15-year-old from Merseyside.

His mother Leah Hunt and his brother Lewis, who dived in to try and save his younger sibling, said they had been comforted by the messages of support they had received.

A family statement said: "Sam, who most people knew as Spud, was a unique, amazing, boy who touched the lives of so many people with his generosity, kindness and infectious laugh."

The family said: "Sam has left a gap in our lives and will be missed, not just by his family, but by everyone who knew him. Our only consolation in this terrible tragedy is that, at the end, Sam wasn't on his own - Lewis was with him, holding on to him tightly."

Sam and Lewis, from Birkenhead, had been fishing with two other friends at Blue Pool Corner on Wednesday evening. It is a remote small beach situated between Rhossili and Broughton Bay - where access can only be gained by walking across the Llangennith sand dunes or from Burry Holms.

It is understood Sam was washed away when a wave crashed against the slippery rocks where he was fishing. Lewis immediately dived in after him and battled dangerous rip currents to try and keep his sibling afloat.

Four lifeboat crews and an RAF rescue helicopter were scrambled - with the latter winching Sam to safety, while Lewis, 21, was pulled into a lifeboat reportedly suffering from hypothermia. University Academy Birkenhead school pupil Sam was taken to Morriston Hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

In the aftermath of Sam's death, Swansea Coastguard have issued a warning to anglers casting their rods from slippery rocks. Watch manager Will Parfitt said: "If you are undertaking activities at the coast, it is advisable to have a means of communication in case of emergency."