Abergwyngregyn: man named after river death

A telecoms engineer who died after falling into the river in Abergwyngregyn has been named.

The body of 32 year-old Alun Owen was recovered from the Afon Aber on Tuesday evening (6th October) following a major search operation.

Mr Owen, known to family and friends as ‘Al Bonc’, worked for BT Openreach.

Emergency services were called out at just before 4pm following reports a man was being swept downstream in the water.

A joint investigation involving police and the Health and Safety Executive is continuing to establish the circumstances surrounding Mr Owen’s death.

DI Andrew Gibson from North Wales Police said: ”Our heartfelt sympathies are with the family, friends and colleagues of the engineer at this incredibly difficult time and we would ask that their privacy is respected at this tragic time by the media.”

He added authorities were ”working together to establish the sequence of events which led to this tragic incident which resulted in the death of a well-respected local man…as an investigation is underway, we are unable to make any further comment.”

The coroner for North West Wales, Dewi Pritchard Jones, has been informed and an inquest is expected to be opened in due course.

Among those who took part in the search operation were rescue teams from the Coastguard and the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team, fire crews and police.

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