North West Wales

Snowdonia kayaker death: Liverpool school teacher named

River at Fairy Glen, Betws-y-Coed
Image caption After the incident police warned canoeists of the dangers of swollen and fast flowing rovers

Police have named a kayaker who died on the weekend in Snowdonia.

Barry Aldridge, 57, of Helsby, Cheshire, a Liverpool primary school teacher, was killed near Fairy Glen, Betws-y-Coed on Saturday, said North Wales Police.

At an inquest in Wrexham deputy coroner Kirit Champaneria was told the provisional cause of death was drowning.

The inquest was adjourned. Meanwhile an inquiry into how he died continues.

Emergency services were called to the Rivers Conwy and Lledr at 15:31 BST on Saturday

Police, fire service and members of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team were involved in the operation.

Enid Youe, at the nearby Fairy Glen Hotel, said they had to battle extreme conditions in rivers she described as "raging".

Following the incident North Wales Police warned canoeists to take care on swollen rivers in Snowdonia.

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