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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