Missing Newcastle Emlyn man high water river search warning

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Police have asked members of the public not to join in the search for a man missing near a river because the water conditions are too dangerous.

David John Williams failed to return home from Newcastle Emlyn rugby club in Carmarthenshire on Saturday evening.

The 63-year-old, from Cwmhiraeth, Drefach Felindre, left the club at around 19:30 GMT and was last seen walking towards the River Teifi.

Mountain rescue teams and search dogs have been brought in to look for him.

The Western Beacons search and rescue team, the Central Beacons and Brecon mountain rescue teams and Sarda dog search unit worked all day on Sunday in what was described as "rain and miserable weather".

The search was concentrated on the town of Newcastle Emlyn and the River Teifi.

Central Beacons MRT said the operation went on for seven hours until dark on Sunday.

Rescuers and Dyfed-Powys Police continued the search on Monday for Mr Williams who was reported missing by a family member at 22:00 GMT on Saturday.


Dyfed-Powys Police Ch Insp Martin Tavener said: "I would like to thank the members of the public who have provided information and help regarding this investigation to date - but would ask them to refrain from assisting the search.

"The river level is currently high and fast running, and coupled with the weather conditions this can be extremely dangerous and is best left to our fire service colleagues to manage."

He said police family liaison officers were working with Mr Williams family to provide support for them.

Police are particularly concerned for Mr Williams because of his age and the cold weather.

He was wearing dark trousers; a shirt and tie and dark coat. Mr Williams has light grey hair that is receding at the front.

Newcastle Emlyn RFC opened its club house as a base for the 29-strong rescue volunteers.

Dyfed-Powys Police appealed for anyone with information to call 101.