Girlfriend’s heartbreaking final hug before boy dies after he was swept out to sea

This is the heartbreaking moment that a teenage girl hugs her high school sweetheart before his life support machine is switched off.

Blake Ward, 16, got into difficulties in the sea while on holiday with his family at Tywyn beach, Wales.

He was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool after being pulled from the water by the RNLI.

Stephanie Ray posted this picture of herself saying goodbye to her childhood sweetheart (Picture: Facebook)
Blake got into difficulties in the water in Wales while on holiday with his family (Picture: Facebook)

However, his life support machine was turned off on Saturday morning and he has since died.

His girlfriend, Stephanie Ray, 15, was able to give Blake a final hug before he lost his battle.

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Her mother, Becky, said: ‘Blake, our beautiful, brave, kind hearted, clever boy sadly passed away at 7.03 this morning.

‘Even though he hadn’t been part of our family for long his loss has left us beyond devastated and heartbroken.

‘Sleep tight sweet angel you truly were too good for this world. We will never forget you.’


Blake, from the Dudley area of the West Midlands, has been remembered as a ‘loving, caring person who would do anything for anyone’.

A family friend said: ‘He was a lovely, bright young lad, gone too soon. My heart goes out to all the family.’

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Another said: ‘As you all know Blake was a loving a caring person and would do anything for anyone.’

Over the weekend the Holyhead Coastguard helicopter carried out a flypast over Tywyn in memory of the teenager, with people standing in silence on the sea front to remember him.

A fundraiser has been launched to help pay for his funeral.

During Tuesday’s incident, two other people were airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd after they were also pulled from the water at around 1.10pm.

Two helicopters, three lifeboats, two coastguard teams, paramedics and police were called to the seafront.

Following the incident, the RNLI spoke about how they rescued the group after they got into difficulty ‘on the rocks at Tywyn promenade’.

A lifeboat crew member jumped into the water and helped to pull Blake from the water with the help of members of the public, before CPR was carried out and he was taken to hospital.


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