A SCHOOLBOY has died after three youngsters were swept off a seaside rock by a freak giant wave.
Fun-loving Zac Thompson, 11, was playing with his elder brother and cousin when all three were carried into the waters by the wave.
The boy had climbed onto a rock at Angle Beach, Pembrokeshire, when they were hit by the crashing sea.
Zac's brother and cousin managed to swim ashore but Zac went under the water.
He was brought ashore by a member of the public where he was assisted by emergency responders,however, Zac failed to regain consciousness.
He was flown more than 100 miles by Air Ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff but died the next day.
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The boys were playing at the beach after classes on Friday – and his school paid a touching and comical tribute.
The school said: “Zac had a huge zest for life!
“One sweet memory of him was when he was in Year 3, and it was Superhero Day.
"Zac came to school dressed as his favourite superhero – his Mum.
“And Zac said ‘Not all superheroes wear capes’."
He was a pupil at Pembroke Dock Community School where fellow classmates in Year 6 were described as "heartbroken.”
His parents Carli and Phil Thompson, of Pembroke Dock, were today being comforted by family after the tragedy.
The school said: “Zac was a lovely young man, a valued pupil and will be greatly missed.
“He excelled academically, in particular in maths, and loved to solve complex mental maths challenges (keeping staff on their toes).”
Zac was also a talented sportsman who played exceptionally well at cricket and helped the school get through to the area finals, which are due to be played this week.
“He had a cheeky smile, was funny, and was looking forward to his final weeks in primary school, the summer holidays and all the opportunities that were open to him as he moved on to secondary school,” continued the statement from Pembroke Dock Community School.
The statement concludes: "This is a dreadfully sad time for his family, and our love thoughts and prayers are with both his family and his wide circle of friends, who will miss his big character and mischievous nature."
An inquest is expected to be opened later.
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