A minute's silence will be observed in Wales today on the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster.
Two Men In Waterfall Deaths Named
Two men who died after swimming near a waterfall in Llanberis have been named.
33-year-old Steffan Vernon from Caernarfon and 21-year-old Alexander Hadley from Dinorwig got into difficulties on Sunday.
North Wales Police says it received a call at around 8.30am.
The police water rescue team, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Wales Ambulance Service and Llanberis Mountain Rescue were sent to a
waterfall near Snowdon Mountain Railway.
It’s thought the four men had been walking and went for a swim to cool off.
Two men, aged 27 and 25, were taken to hospital and have since been released.
Shortly after, it was revealed a 33-year-old man had died and that searches were continuing for the fourth man.
On Sunday afternoon, police confirmed they’d recovered the body of the 21-year-old.
Daniel Start, who runs wildswimming.co.uk, says our bodies struggle to cope with plunging temperatures:
“Cold water can really reduce your ability to swim and the distance that you can swim.
“We normally say that you should think that you can swim about a tenth of the distance that you can swim in a warm pool, out in a lake or a river.
“It just saps the body’s strength and energy.”
The coroner is now looking into exactly what happened at the waterfall.
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