Swimmer, 20, dies after getting into difficulty in the sea at popular North Wales beach on Bank Holiday Monday

The 20-year-old man tragically died while swimming at a popular Welsh resortThe emergency services were called to the scene on Bank Holiday MondayThe man was airlifted to hospital at Bangor to be treated there but sadly died 

 A 20-year-old man has tragically died after getting into difficulty while swimming at a popular Welsh resort.

A major emergency response was launched with coastguard rescue helicopters, an air ambulance, paramedics, RNLI volunteers and police called to the scene in Gwyedd county last night.

Nearly two hours after the alarm was raised, the swimmer had been found and airlifted to hospital at Bangor where he died.

Today a North Wales Police spokesperson confirmed the death of the 20-year-old man in the incident.

The spokesperson said: 'Emergency services were called to the Barmouth area at 6pm on Monday May 27th following reports that a man had got into difficulty whilst swimming in the sea.

Coast Guards were called to Barmouth Beach on Bank Holiday Monday to help a man having difficulty swimming

Coast Guards were called to Barmouth Beach on Bank Holiday Monday to help a man having difficulty swimming

The man was found at around 8pm and airlifted to hospital but unfortunately later died in care

The man was found at around 8pm and airlifted to hospital but unfortunately later died in care

Barmouth attracts many visitors from the Midlands but it has been the scene of a number of drowning tragedies at sea.

Barmouth attracts many visitors from the Midlands but it has been the scene of a number of drowning tragedies at sea.

'Multi-agency searches were launched involving the coastguard, RNLI and police.

'The man was found shortly before 8pm and was taken to hospital via air ambulance where he sadly died.'

The incident at Barmouth comes just days after a woman who fell overboard from a pleasure boat off the Isle of Wight was rescued in a major operation after a Coastguard helicopter winched her to safety.

The woman was safely winched to safety out of the water by a Coastguard helicopter at about 4pm on Thursday, HM Coastguard told MailOnline.

Barmouth attracts many visitors from the Midlands but it has been the scene of a number of drowning tragedies at sea.

It is regarded as southern Snowdonia's most popular seaside resort and attracts thousands of visitors during the summer months.

Detective Inspector Richard Griffith said: 'Our thoughts remain with the man's family who we continue to support, and the coroner has been informed.

'We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident who hasn't already spoken to police or may have any footage to contact the police quoting reference 24000477242.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: 'We were called yesterday, Monday 27 May, at approximately 6.08pm, to reports of an emergency at Barmouth beach.

'We sent one rapid response vehicle, one emergency ambulance, and two air ambulances to the scene.'

Two rescue helicopters were spotted circling Barmouth Beach in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, after the alarm was raised about a person getting into trouble in the water at about 5.50pm.

Two rescue helicopters were spotted circling Barmouth Beach in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, after the alarm was raised about a person getting into trouble in the water at about 5.50pm.

Search and rescue teams were seen operating in the area on Bank Holiday Monday.

Search and rescue teams were seen operating in the area on Bank Holiday Monday.

Despite the efforts of the emergency services, the 20-year-old man could not be saved and was confirmed dead today.

Despite the efforts of the emergency services, the 20-year-old man could not be saved and was confirmed dead today.

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