North West Wales

Police find body of missing Bala Lake kayaker

RAF Valley Sea King hovers above search team on Llyn Tegid, Bala, Gwynedd. PIC EVAN L DOBSON Image copyright EVAN L DOBSON
Image caption The search has involved police, fire service units and an RAF Valley helicopter

The body of a kayaker who went missing in a Snowdonia lake has been recovered by police underwater search teams.

It followed a 24-hour search for the man at Bala Lake, after the kayak overturned on Saturday afternoon.

He was one of three people on the boat. Another man and a child managed to reach the lake shore safely.

North Wales Police said the man is yet to be formally identified but he is believed to be from Cheshire and his next-of-kin have been informed.

Detective Chief Inspector Dan Tipton of North Wales Police said: "The body was recovered by members of the Joint Underwater Search Team this afternoon following an extensive search of Llyn Tegid/Bala Lake which resumed this morning."

The alarm was raised at 17:30 on Saturday, when a major operation was launched in attempts to find the kayaker.

Coroner informed

The search was joined by an RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey, members of the North East Wales Search and Rescue team, and the North Wales Fire Service's water incident unit.

The man and child on the shore were taken to Wrexham Maelor hospital overnight as a precaution.

Police said the search for the man resumed at 06:30 BST on Sunday, after being called of on Saturday evening in failing light.

A spokesperson for North Wales Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious, and a file will now be prepared for the coroner.

Bala Lake, or Llyn Tegid, is the largest natural lake in Wales, reaching 140ft (42m) in depth at points.

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