10 Chw 2014
The search for a 34 year old kayaker who went missing on the River Usk yesterday afternoon will resume today.
The man had been out kayaking with a group of people at the time of his disappearance.
A member of Brecon Mountain Rescue team is due to conduct an aerial search using the force helicopter before a decision will be made whether to resume the search on the river itself.
“Water levels on the River Usk have dropped but only slightly, so searches have not started on the river itself yet,” said Inspector Stuart Eckley. “The aerial search using the helicopter will help us get a better picture of the conditions of the river.
“Yesterday we searched an 11 mile stretch, and today we are bringing up officers from our marine unit in Pembrokeshire and specialist dogs who we hope will help us narrow down the search area.
“With recent wet weather conditions both the river and its banks are extremely hazardous at the present time, so we have to proceed with caution.
“Specially trained officers, meanwhile, have been speaking with the family of the missing kayaker and keeping them informed of our progress.
“We will be basing ourselves in the village of Llangynidr again today, and on behalf of all those involved in the search I’d like to pass on our thanks for the excellent support the community has shown to us.”
Further updates will be issued when appropriate.