01 Sep Parents of drowned brothers express ‘greatest thanks’ to those who helped search | UK News
The parents of teenage brothers who drowned after going missing during a family day out at the Lancashire seaside have thanked those who helped in the search for their bodies.
Muhammad Azhar Shabbir, 18, and Ali Athar Shabbir, 16, died after getting into difficulty in the water close to St Annes Pier in Lytham St Annes on 15 August.
The bodies of both teenagers, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, were found the next day around a mile from the pier, following a major search involving emergency services, coastguard rescue teams and members of the public.
On Tuesday, a statement on behalf of their parents said: “Mr and Mrs Shabbir and their family want to express their greatest thanks and appreciation to everyone that helped them that day.
“This includes the emergency services, Lytham St Annes RNLI, the Southport Lifeboat crew, the Coastguard, police on duty that day, Beth and her husband, who went into the sea to try and find their boys, other members of the public who tried to help them, staff at St Annes Travelodge and the receptionist who paid for additional family that arrived the next day to stay.”
The parents also extended their thanks to people in their local community, including the schools, “for their continuous support with their other children”.
Among others, they also thanked their local mosque, Masjid Uthman, for helping accommodate guests within social distancing guidelines.
Following the discovery of the bodies, an uncle of the brothers told Sky News that they were “the most kind and respectful boys”.
“Incredibly well mannered and humble, too,” he added.
He said the family had been left “shocked and devastated” by what had happened.
A 15-year-old boy, who is their cousin, had managed to swim to the shore and was taken to hospital for treatment.