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Kayaker, 33, dies after capsizing off Aberffraw

Map showing  Traeth Mawr, near Aberffraw
The alarm was raised by a passer-by

A 33-year-old man has died after his kayak capsized at sea, say coastguards.

Holyhead Coastguard said it received an emergency call at 1200 BST on Wednesday about a man in difficulty off Traeth Mawr, Anglesey.

Rescue crews, including a helicopter and a lifeboat, were called out and the man was pulled from the water and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

"Sadly, the kayaker was later confirmed as deceased," said Jim Paton of Holyhead Coastguard.

The identity of the man has not yet been revealed.

The alarm was raised after a woman knocked on the door of a house in Aberffraw saying she had seen a person in difficulty after capsizing off Traeth Mawr, said the coastguard.

Due to the strong ebb flow from Aberffraw estuary he could not reach the shore safely, it was said.

The helicopter crew advised that there was no evidence that the man had been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid, said Mr Paton, manager of the Holyhead rescue coordination centre.

"We would recommend that anyone undertaking these kinds of activities wears a buoyancy aid," added Mr Paton.



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