Heartbroken mum of boy who died in horror North Wales crash with pals says she's 'in a nightmare & can't wake up' | The SunNovember 25, 2023
THE HEARTBROKEN mum of one of four teenagers who died in a horror crash during a camping trip has said she's “in a nightmare and can't wake up”.
Pals Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson, and Hugo Morris vanished after heading on a trip to Snowdonia on Sunday morning.
Yesterday a frantic hunt was launched for the lads and their silver Ford Fiesta after they failed to return home.
Cops then tragically found the car partially submerged in water and on its roof while searching in the Porthmadog area – and it was confirmed four bodies were found.
Tributes are now rolling in for the four A-Level students – with their family telling of their pain.
Harvey’s mum Crystal this morning said: “I feel like I’m in a nightmare I wish I could wake up from but I’m not.
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“I just wanted to say I do appreciate people’s kindness but no amount of messages is going to help me overcome this.
"Nothing will make this nightmare go away.”
It comes after Wilf's girlfriend Maddi said in a tribute on Instagram
She said: "I love you so much baby. I'm going to miss you forever."
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She shared how her boyfriend was the "sweetest and most loving boy I've ever known," adding: "I hope you know how much I love you gorgeous."
Meanwhile Maddi’s mum told of her shock, and shared a prom photo of the young couple.
She wrote: “I am absolutely heartbroken for Maddi and all of the boys' families involved.
“Wilf was such a lovely kind young lad and treated Maddi in a way only a mother could hope her daughter would be treated.
“Maddi is heartbroken and we will all miss you dearly Wilf. Thank you for bringing so much love and happiness into Maddi’s life and for just always being there for her. I promise to look after her for you.”
Police fear the horrific accident took place not long after the boys left one of their grandad's homes – just eight miles away – on Sunday morning.
It wasn't until 3.10pm on Monday – more than 24 hours later – that cops were told the boys were missing.
Tragically, on Tuesday a passerby spotted the car and the bodies were found – meaning they may have been trapped upside down in the vehicle for 48 hours.
Although formal identification is yet to take place, the families of all four boys have been informed.
North Wales Police said the car appeared to have "left the road" with investigations surrounding the tragedy ongoing.
A source told The Mail: "The plan seems to have been for them to camp in Snowdonia on Sunday evening, but it looks like they never made it to a campsite.
"The car has left the road on a bend, it seems the driver lost control and ended up in water in a ditch. The accident may have happened as early as midday on Sunday but police were not informed until more than 24 hours later that they were missing.
"It is a very remote area and the weather was terrible so the car simply may not have been seen from the road."
It is understood the four friends, who travelled from the Welsh coastal areas of Harlech and Porthmadog, were heading to Eryri National Park in Snowdonia.
The group, aged between 16 and 18, were due to return on Monday morning but none of them have made any contact with relatives and their phones are all switched off.
The teens were not experienced campers and only had basic equipment including a tent and sleeping bags with them.
Supt Owain Llewelyn said: “At present, this appears to have been a tragic accident, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the four young men at this very difficult time.
“This has been an extensive search involving a number of different agencies and volunteers, and this is sadly not the outcome that any of us would have wanted.
"We would ask that the family be afforded the appropriate privacy and respect.”
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called on Tuesday at approximately 10.08am to reports of an incident near the A4085 between Nantmor and Tan-Lan.
"We sent an operations manager, two emergency ambulances and two Cymru high acuity response units to the scene where we were supported by the emergency medical retrieval and transfer service in two Wales Air Ambulance charity helicopters."
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