The man got into difficulties in the Pass of Aberglaslyn. Photo: Phil Champion CC-BY-SA-2.0

The man got into difficulties in the Pass of Aberglaslyn. Photo: Phil Champion CC-BY-SA-2.0

A paddler has died after getting into difficulties on a Snowdonia river.

The man’s body was recovered from the River Glaslyn after a search involving two mountain rescue teams.

The Aberglaslyn team was called out at the request of North Wales Police on Tuesday afternoon after the incident in the Pass of Aberglaslyn, south of Beddgelert.

A team spokesperson said: “The team’s swiftwater and flood-rescue technicians deployed swiftly to the scene and a search was instigated to locate the kayaker who was missing.

“This operation was later supported late into the evening by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and officers from North Wales Police.

“Sadly this morning, in a joint operation between mountain rescuers and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and the regional underwater search unit the body of a man was recovered from the River Glaslyn.”

Police said the man’s body was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, and formal identification was expected to take place on Wednesday.

Specialist police officers are supporting the man’s family.

Chief Inspector Mark Armstrong said: “I would like to thank the agencies involved for their support during this difficult operation. The coroner has been informed and our sympathies go out to the family and friends of the person involved.”

Police have not yet revealed the kayaker’s details.

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