Barbados sea death of former police officer Aled Roberts
A former sergeant with North Wales Police has died whilst swimming on holiday in Barbados.
Aled Roberts, of Penmaenmawr, Gwynedd, thought to be in his fifties, was reportedly hit by a freak wave and died despite frantic efforts to save him.
The Foreign Office has confirmed the death and said it is providing consular assistance to the family.
Former colleague and neighbour Kim Owen described him on Twitter as: "A true gent always smiling".
North Wales Police said it had been informed of the death of Mr Roberts while on holiday.
A spokesperson said: "Aled, a former sergeant with North Wales Police, was employed by the force as a property clerk.
"We have been in touch with Aled's family and conveyed our deepest condolences to them."
A Foreign Office spokeswoman confirmed the death of a British national in Barbados on 11 February.
"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time," she added.