Cana River fatality, coroner rules

Iwan Gwyn has lived and worked in Accra, Ghana for nine years

A father-of-three drowned in a river in Ghana after falling from his water bike, an inquest has found.

Iwan Gwyn, 49, of Llanaelhaearn, Gwynedd, disappeared with friends and family on December 30 in Ghana, where he was living at the time.

His body was found by fishermen in the Volta River near Alorkpem Island, near the capital Accra.

Coroner Sarah Riley recorded a conclusion of accidental death at the inquest in Caernarfon.

“Iwan appears to have fallen from the motorboat without being witnessed. He likely hit his head after the accident,” she said.

An impromptu autopsy held in Ghana concluded Mr Gwin died of asphyxiation or drowning, and possibly blunt head trauma.

Mr Gwynn, a quantity surveyor, has lived in Ghana for nine years where he is married to Anne and has three children – Ben, Megan and Laura.

in january Family says Ivan ‘will be deeply missed’ The support they have received has “comforted the whole family,” he added.

The former rugby player has supported Pwllheli RFC since he was a child.

In a tribute, the club described his death as “tragic”.

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