North West Wales

Inquest opens into New Year's day sea death at Llandudno

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a 64-year-old man in the sea at Llandudno on New Year's Day.

John Michael Dain from Conwy, had been reported missing from his boat on New Year's Eve.

Acting north east Wales coroner John Gittins said a post mortem had been carried out and a provisional cause of death given as drowning.

The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

An extensive search had resumed at first light on Sunday for Mr Dain, who was in a 20ft vessel described as a day boat, and who told coastguards by mobile phone that he was lost.

His body was found on rocks on Llandudno's West Shore beach just after 09:00 GMT.

The Conwy inshore lifeboat had been launched on Saturday and located the boat - which was registered in Deganwy - about a mile north of the shore.

The search involved two lifeboats, coastguard shore teams and the North Wales Police helicopter.

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