Haverfordwest: Two feared dead as search called off after group get into 'distress' on Pembrokeshire river

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Two people are feared to have died after a group got into "distress" on a river in Wales - and the search and rescue operation that had been launched has been stood down.

Speaking on Saturday evening, DCI Jonathan Rees of Dyfed-Powys Police said everyone in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, had been accounted for.

He said the priority was to ensure that all those involved, and their families, had been contacted and were being supported.

It emerged earlier that one person had been taken to hospital.

A photograph from the scene showed police carrying a paddle board, while another showed three paddle boards on a road beside the River Cleddau.

It was reported locally that those involved in the incident in Haverfordwest were paddleboarders.

Sky News correspondent Helen-Ann Smith, who was at the scene, said the river was flowing "deceptively quickly" after a lot of rain fell on Friday.

Stephen Crabb, Conservative MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: "Horrific incident in Haverfordwest this afternoon. Thoughts with all involved and the emergency services responding."

Liz Saville Roberts, leader of Plaid Cymru in Westminster, said the news was "distressing", adding: "God speed the emergency services and support the families."

An investigation is looking into how the incident happened, DCI Rees said.

The Welsh Ambulance Service said it was called at 9.16am to reports of a "water-based incident involving multiple people near Quay Street, Haverfordwest".

A spokesperson added: "We responded with two rapid response vehicles, three emergency ambulances and two units from the Wales Air Ambulance.

"One patient (was) transferred by road to Withybush Hospital for further treatment."

The coastguard said it was a "multi-agency response" including the fire service and "other emergency responders".

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