Tributes to 'unique little soul' after schoolboy goes missing at sea

Daniel Halliday
-Credit: (Image: Liverpool Echo / An Hour For Others Facebook)

Tributes have been paid to a "unique little" schoolboy who "loved having a laugh" after he went missing at sea.

Daniel Halliday, 14, vanished at Crosby Beach in Merseyside on Sunday, June 30 after jumping waves on the beach with his brother. Emergency services were called to the scene at around 7pm, with a huge response from police, fire crews, the coastguard and the RNLI.

As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the path to the radar tower was closed off and police officers directed passers-by away from the area as the search continued - and on Monday, the coastguard confirmed the search had been stood down after 15 hours.

Daniel's family have now released a statement and issued a photograph of their missing son saying their "worst fear is that this tragic accident has taken our lovely boy from us". Daniel was reportedly a "big part" of children's groups at events organised by Tuebrook-based charity An Hour For Others.

The charity, which aims to "bring communities together to inspire positive change through the power of love, unity and kindness", posted a statement on Facebook describing their devastation over Daniel's disappearance.

Daniel Halliday went missing at Crosby Beach
Daniel Halliday went missing at Crosby Beach -Credit:PA

The statement said: "Everyone at An Hour For Others are devastated. Daniel was a big part of our children's groups for the last 2 years and we shared so many amazing memories together in that time. Daniel was a unique little soul and always loved having a laugh with staff and kids. He got involved in everything and got so much from our little community, he absolutely loved going to Wales last year and we'll always remember our special 2 days.

"We are all numb at the minute trying to make sense of what's happened. We are in contact with Daniels family and will be supporting them throughout, out of respect for Daniel's family we ask that they have privacy at this time as they deal with what's happened."

Below the message, An Hour For Others posted several photographs of Daniel with friends and volunteers at the charity. In one image, he is shown picking up litter, while in another he is shown enjoying himself with friends at a seaside amusement park. Daniel's family are being supported by specially trained Merseyside Police officers and have asked for privacy.

The family's statement said: “Our worst fear is that this tragic accident has taken our lovely boy from us. Daniel was jumping waves with his big brother who tried to save him but the current was too strong. Daniel is a loving son, brother, cousin, nephew and grandson. The family are all devastated, and we hope that we will be allowed our privacy at this time. Thank you.”

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