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Missing Kayaker Sparks Search Of River Usk In Llangynidr, Wales

09/02/2014 17:53 GMT | Updated 09/02/2014 17:59 GMT
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A search has been launched for a kayaker missing in a river in Wales.

The emergency services were called to the River Usk at Llangynidr, near Crickhowell, Powys just after 1pm today.

Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Brecon Mountain Rescue Team have also joined the search.

Water levels are understood to be high on the River Usk following heavy rain over the weekend.

"Dyfed Powys Police confirm they are involved in a multi-agency search for a missing kayaker in the river between Llangynidr and Crickhowell," a Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said.

A police spokesman said: "A report was received at approximately 1pm today that a kayaker had got into difficulty in the River Usk whilst kayaking with a group and had not been seen since.

"Dyfed-Powys Police officers, including specialist searchers and the force helicopter, are at scene, as are mountain rescue, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, HM Coastguard and a search and rescue helicopter.

"The missing kayaker is a man in his 30s and his family have been informed.

"The families of the rest of the kayaking group, who are safe and well, have been informed.

"Weather conditions are very difficult and challenging at the scene. All efforts are being made in the on-going search and rescue operation.

"We advise people to stay away from the scene for their safety due to the conditions."