3 Die in Wales Paddleboarding Accident

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A antheral and 2 women died successful a paddleboarding mishap successful Wales connected Saturday, with 1 different pistillate successful captious condition.

A person successful a paddleboarding radical said Paul O’Dwyer—a erstwhile worker and begetter of three—died trying to prevention the 2 girls from the flooded river.

Three boats, a helicopter, and dozens of archetypal responders from a fig of exigency services were deployed to the River Cleddau successful Haverfordwest soon aft 9 a.m. after Dyfed-Powys Police received reports that determination were radical successful distress successful the river.

In a connection published connected Sunday, the constabulary said a antheral and 2 women had been pronounced dormant astatine the scene, and different injured pistillate had been taken to Withybush Hospital. She remained successful captious condition.

Five others were rescued unscathed. According to the police, a subordinate of the nationalist is believed to person attempted a rescue earlier getting retired of the h2o unharmed.

The radical of 9 from the South Wales Paddle Boarders and Salty Dog Co., an organisation based successful Port Talbot, were connected a play distant unneurotic exploring the river.

The constabulary didn’t place anyone successful the group, but said household liaison officers were supporting the adjacent of kin.

Epoch Times Photo Flowers near by the River Cleddau successful Haverfordwest, Wales, connected Oct. 31, 2021. (Bronwen Weatherby/PA)

One of the paddleboarders who was connected the trip, Vickie Mckinven from Milford Haven, told the PA quality bureau that O’Dwyer had died attempting to rescue 2 chap paddleboarders who had got into trouble adjacent the weir.

“Paul did suffer his beingness attempting to prevention 2 of the girls besides successful distress owed to an unexpected downpour,” she said. “Absolutely heartbreaking.”

Mckinven said they were “all bully friends” who has done “so overmuch to rise wealth for charities.”

Mckinven besides said she had pulled retired of the greeting paddle due to the fact that she was acrophobic astir the upwind conditions.

O’Dwyer is survived by his parents, sister, wife, and 3 children. He was an ex-soldier and had served with the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers 108 Welsh Squadron militia.

After leaving the military, helium became 1 of the founders of foundation SA1UTE, which supports veterans successful the South Wales area.

The organisation said it is raising wealth for O’Dwyer’s family, with implicit £300 ($410) already donated.

The Aberavon Green Stars Rugby Football Club, of which O’Dwyer was besides a member, paid tribute to “his infectious smile” and “upmost and upbeat” character.

“[O’Dwyer was] a antheral that would bash thing for anyone,” the nine wrote successful a societal media post. “No uncertainty Paul enactment his ain beingness connected the enactment yesterday to marque definite others were safe.”

It besides described O’Dwyer arsenic an “avid adventurer, whether helium would beryllium paddleboarding, surfing, skiing, walking, oregon climbing.”

“Nothing was excessively tiny for Paul to achieve,” the station reads.

A afloat probe to find the nonstop circumstances surrounding the incidental is being carried retired by a cross-agency team, including inspectors from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, whose purpose is to “help with determining the mode forward.”

PA contributed to this report

Lily Zhou


Lily Zhou is simply a freelance writer mostly covering UK quality for The Epoch Times.

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