An inquest has been opened into the death of an army reservist whose kayak overturned in the River Dee at Llangollen.

Kevin Larkin, aged 28, was airlifted to Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, after being rescued from the river on January 7 but died the following day.

Mr Larkin, a joiner, of Woodhill Road, Colwyn Bay, was a Fusilier with the 3rd Battalion Royal Welsh Regiment and had been a reservist for five years.

He was with five friends when his kayak capsized near the Horseshoe Falls and the temperature at the time is believed to have been about two degrees.

At a brief hearing in Ruthin John Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, said he had been informed that Mr Larkin was submerged for some time before being recovered.

He suffered a cardiac arrest and attempts were made to resuscitate him on the journey to Manchester.

No post mortem examination was called for after the cause of death was given as multi-organ failure due to drowning.

The inquest was adjourned to a full hearing in Llandudno in June.