Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Father and daughter killed in river plunge

A father and his three-year-old daughter have been killed after venturing from a sightseeing path and plunging 50 feet into a river below.

The 33-year-old and his little girl were found dead around an hour after they fell from the Nantcol waterfall beauty spot in Llanbedr, near Harlech, North Wales.

The victims, from Manchester, were part of a family of four adults and two children who were sightseeing while on holiday at the nearby Shell Island campsite.

It is believed the father and daughter had left the signposted track around the waterfall and stepped into an unsafe area. They plunged into a five-metre deep pool of freezing water.

A massive underwater search was launched involving police, fire and ambulance crews.

They were assisted by two amateur divers and a heat-seeking infra-red scanner onboard the North Wales Police helicopter.

A spokeswoman for North Wales Police said a joint investigation between officers and the local authority, Gwynnedd Council, was taking place.

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