July 11, 2008

Body of Missing Swimmer Found Floating in Sea Off Tenby

By Steffan Rhys

A BODY found floating in the sea five miles off the coast of Tenby was last night identified by police as a swimmer who went missing two weeks ago.

Deryn Rhys Telfer, 23, from Cwmparc, near Treorchy, went missing on June 25 while reportedly trying to swim from South Beach to a buoy, a swim he had successfully completed a day earlier.

Witnesses said he had turned to wave to them from around 150mout to sea then disappeared.

A search and rescue operation involving lifeboats, police, coastguard teams and a Sea King rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor in Devon, was launched after a concerned passer-by called 999.

But it was abandoned after it failed to find anything after two days.

On Tuesday, the coastguard received information from the Environmental Agency vessel Vigilant that they had seen a body floating in the water five miles offshore.

The body was recovered and taken to Tenby lifeboat station.

Mr Telfer had been camping in the area with friends.

Dyfed-Powys Police said there were no suspicious circumstances at this stage, and the Pembrokeshire coroner and Mr Telfer's next of kin have been informed.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place today.

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