A 28-year-old man has died after he got into difficulty at a waterfall in Ponteddfechan.

Emergency services were called following reports of a man struggling in the water at the Welsh beauty spot, which is also known at Pontneathvaughan, yesterday afternoon.

The man, who is understood to be from the Hampshire area, died at at the scene on Monday, August 16 - despite the best efforts of emergency workers.

The man has not yet been named, however his next of kin have been informed.

A Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “On Monday, August 16 at 1.37pm, crews from Swansea Central and Abercrave, along with crews form South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, were called to a water rescue in the Pontneddfechan area following reports of a male entering the water.

“Five search and rescue teams were deployed to the incident. Sadly, a male casualty was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The police and ambulance service were also in attendance. The fire service handed the incident over the police at 4.45pm.”

Dyfed-Powys Police is appealing for witnesses who may have been at the tourist destination yesterday around the time of the incident.

A police spokeswoman said: “We were called to Pontneathvaughan waterfalls by colleagues from South Wales Police at around 1.20pm on Monday, 16 August, to reports of a male who had got into difficulties in the water.

“Officers attended, along with colleagues from South Wales Police, the first and rescue service and ambulance, however, despite the efforts of all involved, a 28-year-old man from the Hampshire area died at the scene.

“Next of kin have been informed of the incident as well as HM Coroner.”

Police are reminding those venturing to areas with water, like the waterfalls, to learn how to stay safe in the water.

Anybody who has any information about the incident is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police:

Online: Using the Dyfed-Powys Police website by clicking hereEmail: [email protected]Phone: Call 101Text: Text the non-emergency number 07811 311 908 if you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired.Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or by visiting their website by clicking here.