Heartbroken family hold funeral of brothers who died after being swept by tide
A funeral has been held for two brothers who were swept out to sea after being trapped by the tide.
The heartbroken family followed two coffins of the teenagers into the cemetery in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
The ceremony comes as new details have emerged about the traumatic incident.
Muhammad Azhar Shabbir and Ali Athar Shabbir became stranded after walking a mile along the beach to the sea.
The 18-year-old and 16-year-old's deaths have left the family "heartbroken" and devastated, reports Mirror Online.
They got into trouble when the tide came in from behind at Lytham St Anne's on the Lancashire coast on Saturday.
Their 15-year-old cousin was with them and managed to swim ashore, but the brothers were swept away and their bodies found the following afternoon.
The Mayor of Dewsbury, Councillor Mumtaz Hussain, led tributes to the young men as their family escorted their two coffins to the cemetery in Dewsbury Moor.
The Mayor told The Mirror: “It's a terrible tragedy that's happened.
"It's very very sad. I've spoken to the family members in the street.
"They are heartbroken and I have no words.
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“These two lads were down to earth and everyone said really good things about them.”
About the incident he added: “I was told they walked a mile through the sand to see the sea and then when they got there, the water came round behind them and they were stuck in the middle.
“I was really shocked there was nobody there at that time to help.
“They were in the wrong time and wrong place. I can't believe this has actually happened.”
The family from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, said it was an "extremely difficult time" as it emerged Ali had been due to collect his GCSE results which were expected to be good.
"Everyone is absolutely devastated by what has happened to Muhammad Azhar and Ali Athar," they said in a statement.
"The boys were extremely well liked and a promising future has tragically been cut short."
The brothers had both studied at Upper Batley High School.
Head teacher Samantha Vickers said: "We're absolutely devastated as a community to lose two of our young men.
"I've been inundated with messages from staff and students alike. These were two really popular young men, intelligent, respectful, well-mannered and family oriented.
"It's a huge loss this, people are really reeling from the shock and finding it hard to believe.”
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