Family pay tribute after body found in kayaker search

The family of a missing kayaker who went missing after getting into difficulty in the River Usk at Llangynidr have paid tribute, following the discovery of a body.

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Family pay tribute to 'kind, caring and gentle' kayaker

The family of a missing kayaker have described him as "kind, caring and gentle" following the discovery of a body earlier today.

Gareth Lockyer, 34, was an "adventurous son" who "always watching out for other people and putting others before himself".

Gareth Lockyer went missing while kayaking on Sunday. Credit: Family photo

He was a keen kayaker, mountain biker and hill walker who had lived with his partner Emma in the Warwick area for the last six years.

He regularly went away to kayak around the UK but had never been in that section of the River Usk before, the statement said.

His family thanked the emergency services involved in the search for him.

Police confirm body discovered in the River Usk

Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed they have recovered a body from the River Usk.

Search teams are in the area looking for a kayaker who went missing on Sunday afternoon.

Dyfed Powys Police can confirm that a body has been found during the search for a 34 year old kayaker who went missing on the River Usk yesterday afternoon.

The body was discovered shortly before 11.20am in the River Usk

The family of the missing kayaker has been informed of the discovery and efforts will now get underway to formally identify the deceased.

– Dyfed Powys Police statement


Search resumes for missing kayaker in Powys

Search crews were scouring the banks along the River Usk on Sunday Credit: Viewer's picture

The search for a 34 year old kayaker who went missing on the River Usk in Powys yesterday will resume this morning.

The man had been out kayaking with a group at the time of his disappearance.

An aerial search is expected to take place this morning, while a decision is made whether to resume the river search.

A Dyfed Powys Police spokesperson said: “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."


Search and rescue operation underway in River Usk

A report was received earlier this afternoon that a kayaker had got into difficulty in the River Usk.

Dyfed-Powys Police is dealing with an incident in the Llangynidr area on the River Usk. A report was received at 1pm today that a kayaker had got into difficulty in the river 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 believed to be a man in his thirties and his family have been informed. Weather conditions are said to be very difficult and challenging at the scene and all efforts are being made in the on-going search and rescue operation.

Police are advising people to stay away from the scene for their safety due to the conditions.

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