North West Wales

Canoeist found in river in Gwynedd is named

The River Ogwen on Saturday
Image caption The River Ogwen pictured on Saturday

The canoeist who died after being found in the fast-flowing River Ogwen near Bethesda in Gwynedd on Saturday has been named.

Ian William Walsh was 54 and from Preston in Lancashire.

The alarm had been raised by a passer-by after two empty canoes were found in the river, the other canoeists got out safely.

Mr Walsh was carried downstream and was found near Talybont on the outskirts of Bangor.

North Wales Police said conditions had been treacherous and river-users should think carefully before venturing out.

Emergency services were alerted at 1225 GMT Saturday and an RAF helicopter crew joined the search.

Police said Mr Walsh died shortly after he was flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor.

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