Kayaker dies in Wales

2012-06-17 10:52

Dolgellau - A male kayaker died in "challenging" river conditions on Saturday as the Environment Agency issued five flood alert warnings across Wales.

Wales has been battered by heavy rain in recent days, with around a thousand people moved to safety last weekend near Aberystwyth on the west coast as flash floods hit caravan parks. Many rivers are still swollen.

The body of the kayaker was recovered from the River Conwy in Betws-y-Coed, northeast Wales.

"The investigation is still ongoing and the next of kin have yet to be informed," a North Wales Police spokesperson said.

"Emergency services would like to advise all watersports people visiting the area that the rivers in the vicinity are very full and conditions are challenging."

As midsummer's day approaches, Britain's run of rainy, unseasonable weather continued with blustery gales sweeping the country, reaching up to 90km/h.

In southwest London, two 9-year-old boys suffered serious head injuries when a tree fell at a cricket ground. A third boy was treated for leg injuries.

Meanwhile in the seaside resort of Blackpool in northwest England, Elton John's concert was called off nearly two hours into his set due to strong winds.

The inaugural gig at the Blackpool Tower Headland outdoor area was cut short on police advice as the temporary stage was being buffeted.

"I have been told there is some really bad weather on the way," John told the crowd of almost 11 000 people.

"The police say you need to leave right now in an orderly fashion.

"I'm sorry but I don't want anyone to be hurt."