Fourth paddeboarder dies after horror river incident as woman is arrested

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Nicola Wheatley, and Paul O’Dwyer were two of the paddleboarders who died in Wales last weekend  (PA)
Nicola Wheatley, and Paul O’Dwyer were two of the paddleboarders who died in Wales last weekend (PA)

A woman has been arrested after four people died in a paddleboarding accident in a river in Wales.

Emergency services descended on the river Cleddau in Haverfordwest last Saturday after a group of nine people experienced distress in the waters.

Severe rain had meant the river was flooded and had become turbulent. Four people died and a further five were pulled out of the river but had no injuries.

The fourth person who died in the freak accident has now been identified as 41-year-old Andrea Powell from Bridgend.

Morgan Rogers, 24, from Cefin Coed, Merthyr Tydfil, Nicola Wheatley, 40, from Pontardulais, Swansea and Paul O’Dwyer, 42, from Sandfields, Port Talbot also died.

Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Sadly we can also confirm that 41-year-old Andrea Powell from the Bridgend area, who was in hospital following the incident, has now died.

“Our thoughts are with her family, and all those involved in this tragic incident.”

One of those on the trip, Vickie Mckinven from Milford Haven, said Mr O’Dwyer, a former soldier and father-of-three, died attempting to rescue two fellow paddleboarders who had got into difficulty near the weir.

The family of Ms Rogers, a deputy store manager at a supermarket, paid tribute to their lost loved one, calling her “a beautiful, kind and loving soul”.

Ms Wheatley, who worked as a specialist in poisons information with the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS), was described by her family as “loving mother, daughter, daughter-in-law and wife”.

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