Abergwyngregyn: inquest opens after engineer’s river death

Family photo (North Wales Police)

An inquest has opened into the death of a BT engineer who fell into a swollen river.

The body of father-of-two Alun Owen was recovered from the Afon Aber following a major search operation in Abergwyngregyn last month.

The 32 year-old from Bethesda, known locally as Al Bonc, was setting up a phone line for an Openreach customer at the time.

The hearing in Caernarfon was told a post-mortem had returned a provisional cause of death as drowning.

But Kate Sutherland, assistant coroner for North West Wales, adjourned the inquest because a joint investigation between police and the Health and Safety Executive is continuing. It’s not expected to resume until later next year.

More than £63,000 has been raised on a crownfunding page to support Mr Owen’s widow, Ceri, and their twin daughters.

In a statement shortly after his death, his family said ”no words could describe the pain of losing Al” and they were ”struggling to make sense of the tragic events of that day”.

They added: ”Everyone who was fortunate to get to know Al soon realised he was a larger than life character with a wicked sense of humour; full of fun and energy with a happy-go-lucky approach to life.”

”Helping people is what he loved doing and would often go out of his way to help anyone; he was totally selfless, which is why he was dearly loved by his many friends and indeed within the community where he was more fondly known as ‘Al Bonc’.”

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