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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 May, 2005, 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK
Dog rescue tragedy boys are named
Alex Kazimir Yorke and Oliver Harvey
Alex (l) and Oliver were trying to save a dog
Police have released the names of two teenagers who were swept out to sea off Blackpool while trying to rescue a dog.

Sixteen-year-old Oliver Harvey's body was found on Saturday after drowning close to the town's promenade.

His friend, Alex Kazmir Yorke, also 16, was still missing, feared dead, on Sunday afternoon.

They had been walking with friends along the lower promenade close to Gynn Square when the tragedy happened. The border collie, called Sarah, also died.

Liverpool Coastguard co-ordinated a search using a Sea King rescue helicopter and lifeboats after the boys were seen struggling in the water at about 1530 BST on Saturday.

We have been in contact with the Yorke family and send our heart-felt best wishes to them at this awful time
Parents of Oliver Harvey

Oliver lived in Carshalton Road, Blackpool, while Alex lived in Charnwood Avenue.

Oliver's body was winched out of the sea at about 1615 BST and taken to Royal Victoria Hospital in Blackpool where his death was confirmed.

The body of the dog, which is believed to have belonged to one of the boys' friends, was found about one-and-a-half hours later.

About 20 people searched along the resort's seafront on Sunday looking for Alex's body.

The search was temporarily called off at about 1200 BST due to the rising tide.

Blackpool seafront, where the two boys were swept away
The boys were swept into the sea near the North Pier

Oliver's parents, Desmond and Beverley, said they were "devastated" by his death.

"We would like to thank all the emergency services and everybody else who helped in the search following this tragedy," they said.

"We have been in contact with the Yorke family and send our heart-felt best wishes to them at this awful time."

Oliver, who was due to celebrate his 17th birthday in three weeks, is believed to have been studying for NVQ qualifications at college.

Alex's parents, Garry and Wanda, said Alex was "an intelligent boy who loved reading and enjoyed music, particularly heavy rock music".

"He was a pupil at Collegiate High School in Blackpool where he excelled in his subjects and was hoping to be a vet," they added.

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