Woman arrested as fourth person confirmed dead after paddleboarding incident

A woman was arrested on suspicion of gross negligence following a paddleboarding incident on a river in Wales that killed four people.

The suspect, who is from South Wales according to police, has been released as part of the investigation.

The arrest comes as police confirm the fourth death of 41-year-old Bridgend Andrea Powell, who was hospitalized following the incident.

Morgan Rogers, 24, of Cefin Coed, Merthyr Tydfil, Nicola Wheatley, 40, of Pontardulais, Swansea, and Paul O’Dwyer, 42, of Sandfields, Port Talbot also died.

Another five people were pulled by rescue workers from the Cleddau River in Haverfordwest, but were uninjured.

You were part of a group of nine from South Wales Paddle Boarders and Salty Dog Co, a Port Talbot-based organization that was involved in the incident on Saturday while on a weekend trip to explore the river.

“After the incident on the Cleddau River, Haverfordwest on Saturday, October 30th, a woman from the South Wales region was arrested on suspicion of gross negligence.

“She was released as part of the investigation.”

Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Unfortunately we can also confirm that 41 year old Andrea Powell from the Bridgend area, who was hospitalized after the incident, has now died.

“Our thoughts go with her family and everyone involved in this tragic incident.”

One of those on the trip, Vickie Mckinven of Milford Haven, said Mr. O’Dwyer, a former soldier and father of three, died trying to rescue two paddleboarders who got into trouble near the weir.

Hundreds of people gathered in Port Talbot on Saturday morning to commemorate Mr. O’Dwyer.

During the event, surfers from the Aberavon Surf Club, many of whom were close friends of Mr. O’Dwyer, got into the water despite the rough seas.

Business associate and best friend of 22 years Lee West paid tribute to his late friend, the former director of the COPR Bar in Swansea and founder of the veterans charity Sa1ute.

He said Wales Online: “It was great fun. He’d be like your stupid uncle in the corner with his stupid jokes.

“He was just a really lovable, lovable man”.

The family of Mrs. Rogers, an assistant store manager at a supermarket, paid tribute to their lost loved one, calling them “a beautiful, kind, and loving soul.”

Ms. Wheatley, who worked as a poison information specialist with the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS), was described by her family as a “loving mother, daughter, daughter-in-law, and wife.”


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