Haverfordwest: Fourth paddleboarder dies and woman arrestedon November 6, 2021 at 12:41 pm

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More than 1,000 people join beach tribute after woman is arrested for gross negligence manslaughter.

Surfers and crowd at Aberavon Beach

A fourth paddleboarder has died and a woman has been arrested following an incident in a Welsh river.

Andrea Powell, 41, died in hospital after being rescued from the River Cleddau in Haverfordwest last Saturday.

Police said a woman from south Wales has been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter and released pending inquiries.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 people have gathered to watch surfers pay tribute to Paul O’Dwyer at Aberavon Beach.

A massive rescue operation was launched when a group of nine people encountered problems while exploring the Pembrokeshire river last weekend.

Nicola Wheatley, Paul O'Dwyer and Morgan Rogers

Image source, Family photos

Ms Powell, from the Bridgend area, was taken to nearby Withybush hospital but has also since died, police confirmed on Saturday.

In a statement, Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Our thoughts are with her family, and all those involved in this tragic incident.”

A further five people were pulled out of the river by emergency services, but had no injuries.

On Saturday, a large crowd of people gathered at Aberavon beach to watch Aberavon Surf Club and Aberavon Green Stars rugby club pay their tribute to Mr O’Dwyer.

Matthew Tamlin, chairman of the surf club, said: “A paddle out is a surfing tradition reserved for very special people.

“We thought it was very fitting at a tough time for the club to come together and celebrate a great guy.

“Paul was an amazing bloke and a great friend to everyone. He was just so selfless, always doing things for others, which is a great quality.”

He added: “For the community and his family, it’s important for us all to stand together, maybe to just shine a little bit of a light in what’s a very dark time.”

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