First picture of ex-soldier who died with two others in Wales paddle board tragedy

An ex-soldier has been named as one of three people killed in a paddle boarding accident in Wales.

Tribute was paid to former squaddie Paul O’Dwyer following the tragedy on the Cleddau River in Haverfordwest.

The police have started investigations into the accident in which a fourth person is fighting for their life.

CONTINUE READING:Three dead and one “critical” in the paddle boarding tragedy on the River Cleddau in Wales

Mr O’Dwyer was reportedly one of nine people traveling to South Wales for the paddle board excursion.

The ex-soldier from Port Talbot in South Wales has been described by friends as a “fantastic friend”.

Peter Simon posted a heartbreaking tribute to Mr. O’Dwyer on Facebook who he said had “zest for life”.

He added, “There was nothing Paul couldn’t do. You were an amazing friend and I’m so sorry you were kidnapped so early.”

Mr O’Dwyer recently took a 100 mile paddleboard charity trip on the River Wye to raise funds for a heart exam in Wales.

But on Saturday he and the rest of his group are said to have been swept away in flash floods on the Cleddau during a storm.

The police have confirmed that five other people were rescued from the river unharmed.

The group is believed to be part of the South Wales Paddle Boarders and Salty Dog Co based in Port Talbot.

One member said she withdrew from the trip at the last minute after worrying about weather conditions.

Vickie McKinven told PA Media, “Absolutely heartbreaking, everyone has been good friends. And they have done so much to raise money for charities.”

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