A 25-YEAR-OLD man seen entering a river in the Amman Valley early yesterday has died despite a major rescue operation.
The emergency services were called to Brynaman when the alarm was raised at 3.45am.
The man, who was local, was reported to have entered the River Amman at the bridge near the village rugby club.
Police, fire fighters, members of Brecon Mountain Rescue and the helicopter from RAF Chivenor were all called to the scene.
Rescuers searched in vain in the darkness.
His body was recovered from the water around four hours later once conditions had become lighter. A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: "Police can confirm that the body of a 25-year-old man from the Brynaman area has been recovered from the River Amman.
"The man was seen to enter the river at the bridge near Brynaman RFC. A full-scale search and rescue operation was launched.
"The body was found shortly before 8am near the Nant Gwyn Bridge further downstream."
The spokeswoman said the man's family, along with the coroner for Carmarthenshire, had been informed.