Three paddleboarders die after incident on river in Haverfordwest

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Three paddleboarders person died successful south-west Wales aft getting into trouble connected a river.

A antheral and 2 women died astatine the country successful Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, connected Saturday morning. Another is successful a captious information and being treated astatine the town’s Withybush hospital, according to Dyfed-Powys police.

Five radical who were rescued from the River Cleddau were uninjured. Parts of the centre of Haverfordwest were unopen disconnected until the day portion a hunt took place.

Emergency services including 30 firefighters from Mid Wales occurrence and rescue were portion of the operation, arsenic good arsenic the coastguard, RNLI and constabulary helicopters.

Heavy rainfall had caused stream levels to emergence and go much dangerous.

The radical of 9 were from antithetic parts of southbound Wales and were connected an yearly tour, spending the play together. PA Media reported that those progressive were portion of the South Wales Paddle Boarders and Salty Dog Co, based successful Port Talbot.

One of the members, Vickie McKinven from Milford Haven, said: “Absolutely heartbreaking, [they were] each bully friends. And did truthful overmuch to rise wealth for charities.”

Dyfed-Powys constabulary said the victims’ adjacent of kin were being supported by specializer officers but person not released immoderate names.

DCI Jonathan Rees said a afloat probe was nether mode and that his thoughts were with the victims’ families and friends, and the injured paddleboarder successful hospital.

A Dyfed-Powys constabulary spokesperson said: “The nonstop circumstances surrounding the incidental are being investigated, but it is believed that the radical got into trouble successful the water. Sadly 2 women and a antheral died astatine the scene, and a pistillate remains successful a captious information successful hospital.”

The Health and Safety Executive, coroner, and Marine Accident Investigation Branch person been informed. A MAIB spokesperson said: “A squad of inspectors from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has deployed to Haverfordwest to undertake a preliminary appraisal of the accident, moving successful practice with different agencies. The purpose of the MAIB’s preliminary appraisal is to assistance with determining the mode forward.”