A mom has change into the fourth individual to die in a horror paddleboard tragedy after succumbing to her accidents every week on from the fateful journey.
Andrea Powell, 41, died in hospital surrounded by her household after being pulled from the water in Pembrokeshire final Saturday.
Her demise comes as police arrested a girl from South Wales, believed to be the organiser of the journey, earlier than she was launched underneath investigation.
Andrea Powell, 41, died in hospital surrounded by her household after being pulled from the water in Pembrokeshire final Saturday
Tributes have been paid to the mom by those that knew her.
Pal Molly Hen, from Bridgend, instructed The Solar that Andrea spent all of her spare time open air pursuing ‘journey’.
Ms Hen mentioned: ‘She was a beautiful girl. She was at all times smiling and each time I noticed her she had her completely satisfied face on, even very first thing within the morning.
‘Information of her demise has been an terrible shock.’
Pal Sarah Quarrington posted on Fb: ‘I can not put into phrases how unhappy and shocked I’m by you leaving the celebration early Andrea.
‘Most in contrast to you! You had been a information to us all on stay life to the total, so stuffed with power and mischief. Simply know that I liked you.’
In the meantime buddies of the victims held a memorial paddleboard occasion at Aberavon Seashore yesterday in an emotional tribute.
Ms Powell joins Morgan Rogers, 24, from Merthyr Tydfil, Nicola Wheatley, 40, from Pontarddulais, Swansea, and Paul O’Dwyer, 42, from Sandfields, Neath Port Talbot, among the many casualties after the group bought into issue on the paddleboarding journey on the River Cleddau in Haverfordwest.
Ms Powell, from Bridgend, had been taken to Withybush hospital instantly after being rescued however has now succumbed to her accidents together with her household at her facet, it was confirmed at the moment.
Buddies of the victims held a memorial paddleboard occasion at Aberavon Seashore yesterday morning in an emotional tribute
Mourning buddies and kin took flowers out into the waters as they paid their respects for the victims
Morgan Rogers, 24, Nicola Wheatley, 40 and Paul O’Dwyer (pictured), 42, died after a rainstorm hit 9 paddleboarders on the River Cleddau in Haverfordwest, final Saturday
Tributes have flocked in for the three victims, with kin of well being employee Ms Wheatley (pictured), often known as Nikki by colleagues, saying she was a loving spouse, mom and daughter
Megan Rogers’s buddies mentioned she was obsessed with paddleboarding in addition to strolling the Brecon Beacons together with her beloved canine
Flowers have been laid near the scene of the drownings close to Haverfordwest city centre
Round 80 surfers took to the waves with their boards for the ‘swim out’ as lots of watched on from the seashore.
Shut good friend and policewoman Nerys Lloyd began the touching tribute at the moment (Sat) as she walked to the ocean alongside two youngsters.
Households clapped because the surfers entered the water at Aberavon Seashore in Port Talbot, South Wales, carrying flowers.
The group paddled out previous the break for ten minutes earlier than gathering in a circle to launch flowers into the waves.
Onlooker Caroline Brown, 41, mentioned: ‘It was actually emotional to see how many individuals had come alongside.
‘The entire ceremony was lovely and a becoming strategy to bear in mind those that have died.’
The accident is believed to be the worst paddle boarding accident within the historical past of the game.
Through the tribute, plenty of buddies headed out into the waters on their boards as a tribute to the 4 victims
A big crowd watched on in the course of the memorial paddle on the morning the demise of the fourth sufferer was confirmed
Dyfed-Powys Police mentioned: ‘Our ideas are together with her household, and all these concerned on this tragic incident.’
The 5 different individuals on the journey had been rescued unhurt.
Teacher and father-of-three Mr O’Dwyer was been praised for his bravery and described as ‘an unbelievable man in each method’ for leaping into the raging water to save lots of the ladies.
5 others within the celebration, understood to be a part of the South Wales Paddle Boarders and Salty Canine Co, had been unhurt.
The group, who had been a part of an organised outing, had been within the water solely minutes once they had been hit by a deluge of speeding water as they paddled close to a weir on the swollen river.
Tributes flocked in for the three victims of the horrific tragedy within the aftermath of the incident, with kin of well being employee Ms Wheatley, often known as Nikki by her colleagues, saying she was a loving spouse, mom and daughter.
A member of the family mentioned: ‘Nicola was an exquisite, caring, thoughtful and humorous individual. She was wonderful in each method.
Many on the memorial had simply discovered that Ms Powell had change into the fourth sufferer when she died at Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest, together with her household at her bedside
‘She has left a void in our lives that may by no means be stuffed.’
Ms Wheatley labored in toxicology at London’s Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital in London earlier than becoming a member of the Cardiff and Vale College well being Board 15 years in the past.
She was a specialist on the Nationwide Poisons Data service and gave recommendation to medical doctors treating sufferers who had been poisoned.
An announcement from her work colleagues described her as an ‘enthusiastic and devoted’ employee and mentioned she was a gifted scientist.
It learn: ‘She will probably be remembered for her calm, pleasant and completely skilled method – even when confronted with essentially the most troublesome of instances.
‘Nikki was an enthusiastic, devoted and an extremely succesful colleague. She was our ‘go to’ individual for organising tasks and campaigns.
‘Nikki can be remembered as a gifted and devoted scientist, who made vital contributions to the sphere of toxicology and offered her work at a global degree.
She leaves her younger household, husband and prolonged household. Our ideas are with them at this horrible time.’
The accident final Saturday morning is believed to be the worst paddle boarding accident within the historical past of the game
Father-of-three Mr O’Dwyer (pictured) has been praised for his bravery and described as ‘an unbelievable man in each method’ for leaping into the raging water to save lots of the ladies
There are quite a few fatalities worldwide involving solo get up paddle boarders however a number of deaths are uncommon
Ms Rogers, who liked out of doors adventures and was a member of the South Wales Paddleboarding Membership, was described as a ‘pretty’ woman by her devastated buddies.
Ms Rogers, of Merthyr Tydfil, was deputy retailer supervisor on the city’s Aldi grocery store however was planning to affix the fireplace brigade.
Her buddies mentioned she was obsessed with paddleboarding in addition to strolling the Brecon Beacons together with her beloved canine.
Her mom Teresa Corridor posted on Fb: ‘My lovely daughter Morgan, taken too younger. I am heartbroken. Sleep tight my child.’
An announcement from Morgan’s household mentioned: ‘Morgan was one of the best that she may very well be. She will probably be sadly missed by her mom, father, Rhys, Harry, Holly and Katy.
The weekend earlier than the tragedy, Mr O’Dwyer had accomplished a harmful 24-hour paddleboard marathon alongside a 100-mile stretch of the River Wye on the Welsh border.
Ex-Royal Engineer Mr O’Dwyer has been described as ‘inspirational’ and a devoted charity fundraiser.
The occasion raised £4,500 for a coronary heart screening charity in honour of 5 buddies who died of undiagnosed coronary heart issues.
A household spokesman mentioned: ‘Paul was a loyal husband, father, son and brother. He devoted his life to contributing to society in his many adventures in elevating cash for various causes.
‘Paul was a water child. His ardour for the water began with Aberavon lifeguards from an early age.
Ms Rogers (pictured), who liked out of doors adventures and was a member of the South Wales Paddleboarding Membership, was described as a ‘pretty’ woman by her devastated buddies
‘His sporting prowess prolonged to many alternative sports activities. He was a military browsing champion, British Military 7 apart rugby crew member, Aberavon Inexperienced stars rugby participant, ski teacher and accomplished a number of instances in British and Welsh 3 peak occasions.
‘His checklist additionally included the London Marathon, operating a 100 mile race, quite a few triathlons together with Ironman Wales.’
A good friend who did not need to be named mentioned: ‘The world has misplaced a really nice man – he was among the best. Paul was a household man who liked the nice open air and was in his prime.
‘He was at all times doing one thing, operating 10ks and triathlons, browsing and snowboarding. He is misplaced just a few buddies from coronary heart assaults and was elevating cash for different males to get screened. That is the kind of bloke he was.’
On his Twitter web page, Mr O’Dwyer described himself as ‘entrepreneur, electrical engineer, browsing mad, snowboarding and snowboard fanatic. Doting daddy’.
The group, who had been a part of an organised outing, had been within the River Cleddau (pictured) solely minutes once they had been hit by a deluge of speeding water as they paddled close to a weir
His native soccer membership Aberavon Greenstars FC added in a tribute: ‘It has been a horrendous 48 hours for our city, a weekend the place we have misplaced a few of our most interesting.
‘Paul O’Dwyer, the place do we start? All the things the person did was for the profit and betterment of others, he actually did make the world a greater place and has left a legacy of inspiration and hope to those that maybe did not realise they wanted it.
‘You may be sorely missed by all, Brother.’
Buddies mentioned Mr O’Dwyer was an ardent lover of paddleboarding and would usually spend his weekends out on the water.
Mr O’Dwyer, an engineering crew supervisor with on-line retail firm Ocado, was on the paddleboarding expedition with buddies from Port Talbot and Aberavon.
Mr O’Dwyer, who described himself as a ‘devoted daddy’ – was a daily paddleboarder primarily based at Aberavon seashore close to his residence and gave classes with the Salty Canine Co surfshop.
Salty Canine clothes firm mentioned it was saying goodbye with ‘a heavy coronary heart’, saying Mr O’Dwyer, from Port Talbot, could be missed vastly.
5 others within the celebration of 9 paddleboarders had been unhurt. Pictured: Morgan Rogers, who died within the accident
One of many paddle boarders who was on the journey, Vickie Mckinven, from Milford Haven, mentioned Mr O’Dwyer had died trying to rescue two fellow paddleboarders who had bought into issue close to the weir.
Ms Mckinven, who mentioned she pulled out of the morning paddle as a result of she was involved in regards to the climate circumstances, mentioned: ‘Paul did lose his life trying to save lots of two of the ladies additionally in misery on account of an surprising downpour.
‘Completely heartbreaking, [they were] all good buddies… and did a lot to lift cash for charities.’
Flowers have been laid near the scene of the drownings close to Haverfordwest city centre.
Locals mentioned heavy rain brought about flood water to shoot over a weir knocking the paddle boarders into the water and washing them downstream.
On the scene final Saturday, round 30 firefighters, together with specialist wading crews and swift water rescue technicians, had been among the many giant joint-search and rescue operation
The river was flooded on the time and at the least one native water sports activities firm had cancelled all its actions due to the extreme climate.
Passerby Joel Williams, 20, jumped into the river after seeing individuals in misery after coming off their paddleboards earlier than giving one individual CPR.
His proud mom Natasha mentioned: ‘Joel was strolling throughout the bridge when he noticed individuals in hassle so he took his cellphone out of his pocket. Individuals had been attempting to assist. One individual mentioned to him ‘you possibly can’t bounce in’, he mentioned ‘I’m’.
‘He tried to get to the person by utilizing the rope however couldn’t. Then he noticed a girl come previous him floating on the water, he grabbed her and dragged her on to the slipway and did CPR till the emergency companies bought there.’
‘We had a cellphone name 20 minutes later from him saying he wanted some dry garments and a towel as a result of he had simply dragged a lady out the river. He was as calm as something. We had been like ‘what’?’
Natasha mentioned Mr Williams, an apprentice plumber from Haverfordwest, had at all times been a robust swimmer however mentioned she was relieved he did not get swept away within the flooded river.
She mentioned: ‘I’m not shocked what he did however I’m completely in awe.
Police and the Marine Accident Investigation Board are nonetheless investigating the accident on the usually nonetheless River Cleddau. Pictured: Emergency companies on the river final Saturday
‘Joel was loopy to do it on the time however how will you not when there are individuals combating for his or her lives?’
‘He is positive. We’re simply grateful he’s a robust swimmer as a result of we might have had a knock on the door as effectively.’
A spokesman for the Pembrokeshire Coroner mentioned inquests could be opened on the three victims later this month.
On the scene on Saturday, round 30 firefighters, together with specialist wading crews and swift water rescue technicians, had been among the many giant joint-search and rescue operation.
A number of helicopters from the Nationwide Police Air Service, Coastguard and Wales Air Ambulance additionally assisted within the search.
Liz Saville Roberts, chief of Plaid Cymru in Westminster, mentioned on Saturday: ‘The information rising from the River Cleddau incident in Haverfordwest is distressing.
‘God pace the emergency companies and help the households.’
The HM Coroner, Well being and Security Govt and the Marine Accident Investigation Department (MAIB) had been knowledgeable.
An MAIB spokesman mentioned: ‘A crew of inspectors from the Marine Accident Investigation Department has deployed to Haverfordwest to undertake a preliminary evaluation of the accident, working in co-operation with different businesses.
‘The goal of the MAIB’s preliminary evaluation is to assist with figuring out the way in which ahead.’