Woman arrested and fourth person dies after paddleboarding incident in Wales

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A pistillate has been arrested connected suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter aft a paddleboarding incidental connected a stream successful Wales successful which 4 radical died.

The suspect, who constabulary said was from southbound Wales, has been released nether investigation.

The apprehension came arsenic constabulary confirmed the decease of Andrea Powell, 41, from Bridgend, who was taken to infirmary aft the incident.

Morgan Rogers, 24, from Cefn Coed, Merthyr Tydfil, Nicola Wheatley, 40, from Pontarddulais, Swansea, and Paul O’Dwyer, 42, from Sandfields, Port Talbot, besides died.

A further 5 radical who were pulled retired of the River Cleddau successful Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, by exigency services were not injured.

The radical of 9 were portion of the South Wales Paddle Boarders and Salty Dog Co, an organisation based successful Port Talbot that made a travel past Saturday to research the river.

Morgan Rogers, Nicola Wheatley and Paul O’Dwyer
From near to right: Morgan Rogers, Nicola Wheatley and Paul O’Dwyer. Photograph: Family Handout/PA

Dyfed-Powys constabulary said: “Following the incidental connected Cleddau River, Haverfordwest connected Saturday 30/10, a pistillate from the southbound Wales country has been arrested connected suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter arsenic portion of the investigation.

“She has been released nether investigation.”

“Sadly we tin besides corroborate that 41-year-old Andrea Powell from the Bridgend area, who was successful infirmary pursuing the incident, has present died.

“Our thoughts are with her family, and each those progressive successful this tragic incident.”

One of those connected the trip, Vickie McKinven, from Milford Haven, said O’Dwyer, a erstwhile worker and begetter of three, died attempting to rescue 2 chap paddleboarders who had got into trouble adjacent the weir.

The household of Rogers, a lawman supermarket store manager, paid tribute to her, calling her “a beautiful, benignant and loving soul”.

Wheatley, who worked arsenic a specializer with the National Poisons Information Service, was described by her household arsenic a “loving mother, daughter, daughter-in-law and wife”.